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First Democratic Presidential Debate, Night 2: Who Impressed You Most?

The debate was an opportunity for some of the less-noticed candidates to step out of the shadow cast by Biden, a former vice president, and Sanders, a senator from Vermont.

The Harris campaign tweeted a photo of the senator during the debate showing a young Harris in California with a backpack and are capitalizing on the moment by quickly putting that photo on a t-shirt as part of her campaign merchandise. "Because there are moments in history where states fail to preserve the civil rights of all people", she said.

The debate marked an abrupt turning point in a Democratic primary in which candidates have largely tiptoed around each other, focusing instead on their shared desire to beat Trump.

How did the flashpoint occur?

Ms Harris - the only black woman in the crowded Democratic field of 20 - talked over the debate moderators to insist: "I would like to speak on the issue of race".

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Before reading his prepared remarks, Biden paused to address Thursday's blistering comments by Harris, a black US senator from California, who criticized him for opposing mandatory school busing in the 1970s and for touting his cooperation with segregationists while he was a young senator. The California congressman, 38, used one of Joe Biden's slogans from his failed 1988 presidential campaign to criticize his current position in the Democratic party during the June 27 debate: "it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans". Given the racism she was experienced as a child, "How did you come out of that and not have hatred towards white people generally?"

Said Harris, taking on Biden: "I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground". I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley, California, public schools nearly two decades after Brown v. Board of Education.

Scarborough took particular issue with the embattled Biden's use of a states' rights argument to defend his position. "That is not true".

Harris: "Public schools in America". "I think she's been very clear today when she's been asked about it, and has been very clear on the trail". "He never called me 'boy, ' he always called me 'son, '" Biden said. Former President Barack Obama was the first. In 2016, the party establishment, and ultimately voters, rallied around Hillary Clinton - a secretary of state, senator and first lady of unmatched experience, who was nevertheless defeated by Trump.

The former DE senator was aiming on Thursday night to consolidate his status as the front-runner after recent missteps. As well as Biden, the other big loser from the debates was Beto O'Rourke.

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The second debate's gravitas came from having the first and second-place candidates, Biden and Sanders respectively. Now 76, Biden would be 78 and the oldest first-term president if he were to defeat the 73-year-old Trump and take office in January 2021.

According to "Special Report" host Bret Baier on Thursday, Biden's campaign had anticipated a fight and they released prepared rebuttals to possible attacks before the first night began.

She called out Biden's most recent controversy and his apparent wistfulness for the days when he and segregationists could work together with "civility".

Speaking to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Friday, Harris said, "I think we covered a lot of issues, and I'm looking forward to the next (debate)".

Mr Castro responded: "I'm not talking about the ones that are seeking asylum, I'm talking about everybody else".

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