Debate

Joe Biden and the Great Awokening

Column: Can he survive the left-wing drift of the Democrats?

Joe Biden has led the national polls in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination since last year. He's ahead in the first three contests, also, with leads ranging from 7 points (Iowa) to 13 points (New Hampshire) to 28 points (South Carolina). He's first in fivethirtyeight.com's endorsement primary. And though he didn't launch his campaign until the second quarter of 2019, at which point Bernie Sanders had raised the most money, his nonstop fundraising schedule, and great first-24-hours number, suggests that his second-quarter haul will be impressive. Going into tonight's Democratic debate, there was no reason to doubt Biden's status as the Democratic frontrunner.

EXCLUSIVE: Beto’s Debate Journal

It’s not uncommon for presidential candidates to scribble down some notes or talking points on sheets of paper during a debate. It is, however, highly unusual for candidates to leave behind a sprawling journal entry of the kind found on Beto O’Rourke’s lectern following Wednesday night’s showdown in Miami. What follow is a (lightly edited) transcript of the document, as obtained by the Washington Free Beacon:

Seth Moulton Bashes Warren’s Free College Plan

The Massachusetts congressman failed to meet the debate's polling and donor standards

Warren did not face push-back on her free college plan from other candidates on stage, but Moulton insisted to Catanese that he would have called her out had he been at the debate.

Warren’s Private Health Insurance Blow Up

Warren, de Blasio were only Dems to back eliminating private insurers at debate

The first Democratic primary debate on Wednesday night included a question directed at all ten candidates on stage as to whether or not they would abolish private health insurance in favor of a government-run alternative. Only two — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Mayor Bill de Blasio — raised their hands.