The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle. Many of them argued that the U.S. economy isn’t working for working people.
The Democratic field is so large that only half the candidates appeared Wednesday; another debate with the rest of the field was scheduled for the next night.
Here are some of the candidates’ comments.
Cory Booker: "The overhead for insurers that they charge is 15%, while Medicare's overhead is only at 2%."
Amy Klobuchar: “My proposal is to look at that 2013 bill that passed the Senate with Republican support, to upgrade that bill to make it as good as possible and get it done. It brings the debt down by $158 billion.”
Elizabeth Warren: “I spent a big chunk of my life studying why families go broke, and one of the No. 1 reasons is the cost of health care, medical bills. And that’s not just for people who don’t have insurance. It’s for people who have insurance.”
Cory Booker: “We have a nation that has more African Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves in 1850.”
Amy Klobuchar: “2,500 drug prices have gone up in double digits since Trump took office.”
Cory Booker: “We don’t talk enough about how many children, about 30% of LGBTQ kids who do not go to school because of fear.”
Elizabeth Warren: “The insurance companies last year alone sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system. $23 billion. And that doesn’t count the money that was paid to executives, the money that was spent lobbying Washington.”
Beto O’Rourke: Republicans passed “a $2 trillion tax cut that favored corporations while they were sitting on record piles of cash and the very wealthiest in this country at a time of historic wealth inequality.”
Jay Inslee: “The people who brought us the weekend (were) unions.”
John Delaney: “Last year in our country, 80% of the money for start-up businesses went to 50 counties in this country.”