The two most progressive candidates in the Democratic field in 2020 achieved inspiring tones, with Warren calling on the Democrats to be "the party of major structural change". And they won over the crowd as they debated moderate critics who tried to question their sophistication and the feasibility of their ideas, but failed to knock down any candidate on their heels or once.
In the process, they could alleviate the concerns of primary voters that their policy proposals would set ripe goals for President Donald Trump and the PP in a general election.
For their part, the moderates are pushed back as they try to determine themselves in terms of health care and decriminalization of the border. Most notably, however, highlighting the party's ideological differences offered Warren and Sanders a set-up to show higher stakes this fall against Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Here are seven takeaways from Tuesday night, the first of the two nights of CNN's Democratic debate in Detroit:
. Warren and Sanders dismissed their critics
The former resident John's argument for pragmatism in the middle of the debate made Warren rise – and she landed a haymaker.
"I don't understand why anyone has trouble running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and what we don't have to fight for," Warren said.
The crowd erupted. Before the debate was over, Delaney's Wikipedia page was updated to say he had died at the hands of Warren in Detroit.
This was not the only time Warren took over Delaney. She initially called her attacks on Medicare for All proposals "Republican talking points".
Then there was Sanders' resort when Ohio Representative Tim Ryan told him that "you don't know this" as he questioned the coverage that Medicare for All would provide.
"I know. I wrote the damn bill, "Shoots Sanders.
The visuals were memorable, too. Sanders raised his hands up to Hicklenuper. Warren rubbed his hands at the thought of applying a $ 65 personal wealth tax to Delaney's $ 65 million fortune.
Delaney, Ryan, Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Montana Governor Steve Bullock all went to Sanders and Warren on the right. il (1984) and Michael Dukakis (1988)
The problem faced by the moderates is that their arguments largely consist of appalling warnings about the political consequences of moving them too far to the left. Alternative Vision for America after Trump.
That's why none of them strike real with Warren or Sanders all night long. If anything, sparring with low-voiced quartets serves to sharpen Warren and Sanders for fighting the stronger. opponents ahead.
2. No daylight between Warren and Sanders
The top two Democrat polls were positioned on stage side by side Tuesday night. But they showed no appetite for battle with each other.
Instead, Warren and Sanders largely stood together, beating moderate critics throughout the night.
The two are currently courting different voters, but ultimately one of them will need to consolidate progressive support in order to win the Democratic nomination.
However, Tuesday night showed that turning time against each other could take months. Both are considered top-level candidates who are viable and raise money effectively, and both seem to think that it is too early to take such a risk.
3. "The Dark Psychic Power"
Written by Marian Williamson, she provided one of the most memorable moments of the night as she addressed the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with vigorous condemnation of the environmental racism and the approach of other candidates to talk about it.
"This is part of the grim impulse of American society, racism, bigotry, and the whole conversation we have here tonight – if you think any of this outrage will deal with this dark psychic power from the collective hatred that this president has educating in this country, then I'm afraid the Democrats will see some very dark days, "she said.
"We have to say it the way it is," Williamson said. "It's bigger than Flint. The whole country is this country. Especially people are colored. Especially people who have no money to fight, and if the Democrats don't start telling him why these people think they're there for us? And if these people do not feel it, they will not vote for us and Donald Trump will win. "
The answer was a reminder of how powerful the perspective of a political outsider can be in a presidential race. Williamson is low-key remotely, but generates a buzz with his condemnation of "disgrace" on racism.
4. Demand for a Medium on Healthcare
The debate begins with a health battle dominated by Sanders and Warren, defending Medicare for all against Delaney, Hickenlooper, and Montana Governor Steve Glock cast as politically deceived in the General Election.
Former Texas Beta Republican Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Butigigig looked for a middle ground – and their responses to health highlighted where they were trying to fit in the Democratic field.
Rourke announces a plan called Medicare for America. This will enroll uninsured Americans in Medicare and allow those who are dissatisfied with their private insurance coverage to join Medicare – while retaining private insurance for those who wish to retain it.
"Our plan is to ensure that everyone is enrolled in Medicare or can maintain employer-sponsored insurance," he said.
Butigig argued for such an approach – and said Democrats should stop worrying about being called Republican socialists because of the health care policies they support.
"If it is true that if we adopt a far left program, they will say that we are a bunch of crazy socialists. If we adopt a conservative program, do you know what they will do? They will say we are a bunch of crazy socialists," he said. "So let's just uphold the right policy, get out there and defend it."
5. Arguments for Reparations
Asked about racism, Rourke is the first Democrat on the scene to argue for a step toward reparations.
"The very foundation of this country – the wealth that we have built, the way we became the greatest state of the face of the planet, is literally on the back of those who have been abducted and brought here by force," he said
Rourke said he supported Texas Sheila Jackson Lee's legislation, which would set up a committee to investigate reparations.
This was an effective moment for Rourke – who, like Butigig, Williamson and Minnesota Elder Amy Klobuchar – Failed to Play Part of Memorable Clash other candidates because they did not fit into the topic of progressives against the moderator that Warren, Sanders, and their critics discovered in the beginning.
"We have to admit, when it comes to the economic difference between black and whites in America, it comes from a great injustice that has never been eliminated," she said.
6. Trying to make moments
Klobuchar fights more to get into action. She did not attack Warren and Sanders, as others did, and there are reasons for her approach – Klobuchar may prove to be a viable contender for the vice presidential nomination. But she made a moderate plea in her opening statement.
"You will hear many promises here, but I will tell you this," she said. "Yes, I have bold ideas, but they are grounded in reality. And, yes, I'll make some simple promises. I can win this. I'm from the Midwest. And I won every race, every place, every time."
Butigi's best moment came when he embarked on a structural reform of the American political system – a matter on which his proposals are the furthest in the democratic field.
"Of course we need to get money from politics, but when I propose real structural democratic reforms that could change – terminate the electoral college, change the constitution if necessary to clear the citizens, united, the DC, in fact to be a state and depoliticize the Supreme Court with structural reform – people look at me funny as if that state is not in a state of structural reform, "Butigi said.
"This is a country that once changed its constitution so that you cannot drink and change it because we have changed our minds and you tell me that we cannot reform our democracy in our time. We must or we will have the same argument in 20 years. "
7. The ideological schism about decriminalizing the border
A mirrored debate on health, progressives and more moderate candidates is divided over the question of decriminalizing the transition. border illegally.
Warren said the current law "gives Donald Trump the tool of family separation." Sanders also said he would decriminalize crossing the border.
But the more moderate candidates said they would keep laws against crossing the border illegally.
"We can argue for the finer points of which parts need to be dealt with by civil and criminal law," Butigig said.
Later he added: "If fraud is involved, it is appropriate for criminal law. If not, then it must work under civil law. "
Rourke said he would drop the green card fees, give the so-called" dreamers "- undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children – citizenship, the ease of the asylum process and
"Then I expect people to come here, follow our laws, and we reserve the right to prosecute them if they don't,"
] Hickenlooper said, "I agree. that we have to secure borders. There is no question about that on that kick the ball back and forth. Secure the borders and make sure that regardless of the law that we do not allow children to be snatched from the parents and placed in cells. "