In another round, ten US presidential candidates of the US Democrats discussed the direction of the upcoming election campaign against Donald Trump. Especially Joe Biden, the previous favorite among the Democratic candidates, had to put up with the second TV debate in the night against attacks of his competitors and to defend.
Biden leads the polls for the primaries of the Democrats by a considerable margin. It is around 32 percent - twice as good as second-placed senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His favorite role makes Biden a popular target of attacks not only from US President Donald Trump, but also his Democratic competitors. Senator Kamala Harris once again gave Biden benevolent remarks to senators in the evening, who advocated segregation decades ago. Several competitors confronted the ex-vice president with his past in the US administration of Barack Obama during the discussion. Among other things, they criticized the mass deportations of illegally immigrant migrants.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, repeatedly bothered Biden with the question of whether he considered the procedure a mistake in retrospect. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has said on several occasions that Biden can not just put off his past in the Obama administration. Biden evaded saying he was then vice president, not president. At the same time he defended Obama's migration policy as a whole, but assured that there would be no mass deportations under him.
Kamala Harris defends her health program
With Julián Castro, the former Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Biden argued over legal aspects of immigration policy. Castro wants to prosecute illegal border crossings only by civil law, and repeated this position in the night in Detroit. That does not mean that the borders would be opened, as some in his party said, Castro said. Biden, however, does not want to decriminalize border crossings. He said that he had never heard Castro talk about it in his time as Minister of Housing. Castro says, "It looks like one of us has learned the lesson, and not another."
On the subject of health policy Biden came especially with the Californian Senator Kamala Harris together, which had already put him in the first round of TV debates in late June under pressure. She accused Biden of letting millions of Americans out with his concept for health insurance. Biden, in turn, warned Harris that her health program was priceless.
More than 20 Democrats compete for the presidential election in November 2020, more than ever before in the party's history. In view of the large field of applicants, the second round of debates was divided into two evenings - with ten candidates each. By the time of Wednesday, the first ten candidates in Detroit had already discussed. Biden is in the polls for the presidential Democrats for weeks ahead.