Political debates

Democratic presidential candidate former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, third from left, answers a question, during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 27, 2019 - 6:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first of a pair of Democratic presidential primary debates drew a robust 15-plus million viewers. Nielsen figures out Thursday show the event's viewership topped every primary debate for the 2008 and 2012 elections. But Wednesday's debate, the first of the 2020 campaign, didn...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro gestures during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 27, 2019 - 5:05 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Julián Castro got a second chance at a first impression at the Democratic presidential debate. Now he has to figure out what to do with it. Castro, once seen as a rising star in Democratic politics, was chosen as the keynote speaker at the party convention in 2012 and then as Housing...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., second from left, hugs Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hugs former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at the end of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. In between them is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 27, 2019 - 4:33 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some Democratic presidential hopefuls spoke some Spanish during the first televised debate of the 2020 election, evoking praise from some Latino activists and eye rolls from others. Advocates looking for clues about how candidates would respond to issues facing Latinos saw...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in Washington. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs finds majorities of Democratic voters saying gender, race and age make no difference in their enthusiasm about a candidate. Instead, Democratic voters are overwhelmingly looking for experience in elected office. Twenty-five candidates are running for the party’s nomination and include several women, a Latino, multiple candidates of African and Asian descent, and a 37-year-old gay man less than half the age of the 76-year-old early front-runner, Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
June 27, 2019 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Same stage. Same rules. But the Democrats' second back-to-back debate is fueled by star power. Debate night No. 2 marks the first time top-tier presidential candidates will confront one another in person over who is the best fit to lead the Democratic effort to oust President...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks through a megaphone while surrounded by the media outside the Homestead Detention Center, where the U.S. is detaining migrant teens, in Homestead, Fla., Wednesday June 26, 2019. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP)
June 27, 2019 - 2:28 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — As a national furor unfolded over the harsh conditions immigrant children are being subjected to in the U.S., Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren climbed a step ladder and waved at teenagers being held behind a chain-link fence covered with a mesh screen. "...
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Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, and Rachel Maddow, MSNBC host, call for a pause during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 27, 2019 - 2:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News' coverage of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign season Wednesday was marred by a technical glitch that led President Donald Trump to tweet that the network "should be ashamed." The snafu, in the middle of the debate, left viewers and candidates confused by...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
June 26, 2019 - 3:32 pm
MIAMI (AP) — When Democratic presidential candidates take the stage for the first 2020 primary debates, the field will include more women than ever. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii will appear on Wednesday night. Sens. Kamala...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP)
June 26, 2019 - 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to...
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June 25, 2019 - 9:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 24 about legislative proposals to cancel all student debt, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Sen. Bernie Sanders' College For All Act would cost $2.2 billion. It would cost $2.2 trillion. A corrected version of the story is below: Sanders, liberals,...
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In this June 21, 2019 photo, a sign outside the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debates, in Miami. Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami this week for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing President Donald Trump’s administration. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 25, 2019 - 8:16 pm
Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing the Trump administration. Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities —...
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