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Rush Limbaugh: Trump would ‘overshadow’ any Democrat on debate stage

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President Trump has an unbreakable bond with his supporters and his presence would overshadow any Democratic contender in a debate, according to Rush Limbaugh.

The president appeals to Americans’ positivity instead of playing on their fears, Limbaugh claimed Thursday on “Hannity.”

“Trump appeals to people’s better interests,” he said.

RUSH LIMBAUGH ON TUESDAY’S DEBATE: ‘UNIMPRESSIVE’ DEMS ‘DON’T HAVE A PLAN’

“This is what people don’t understand about Donald Trump,” Limbaugh added. “The man touches everybody’s hearts — talking about greatness, talking about inspiration, aspirational living, being ‘great.’

“He’s got a bond with his voters that nobody can break. He’s got a bond that innate — not everybody can create this bond.”

Referring to the current slate of 2020 Democratic contenders, Limbaugh explained why he believes Trump would outshine them on the stage.

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“There’s not one person on that Democrat stage the last two nights that can even be onstage with Trump and not be overshadowed simply by his presence before he even opens his mouth,” Limbaugh claimed.

“There’s not one person on that Democrat stage the last two nights that can even be onstage with Trump and not be overshadowed simply by his presence before he even opens his mouth.”

— Rush Limbaugh

Regarding the tenor of the debates, the Missouri-born radio host described some of the candidates’ platforms as “lunacy.”

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“If you define normalcy in any which way we would have in common, these people are lunatics,” he said.

However, host Sean Hannity cautioned how Republican presidential candidates must usually, “thread the needle” electorally in order to win.

He claimed Republicans must routinely win Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

“It’s never going to be easy,” he said.

As Hannity also noted, Limbaugh on Thursday celebrated the 31st anniversary of his radio program, “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

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Tulsi Gabbard: Kamala Harris ignored challenge from me, lobbed ‘cheap’ smears instead

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, ripped fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., claiming she refused to answer direct criticism of her record.

Harris is the wrong candidate to be heralding a record of criminal justice reform because of her record as a former California state attorney general, Gabbard claimed Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Voters deserve to know the truth,” she said.

“The decision that the American people have before them is a critical one. The decision that Democrats have before them about who their nominee should be is a very important one.

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“They deserve to know the truth about the candidates that are before them, and especially on the issue of criminal justice reform that’s impacting so many people across this country because it is so broken and it is an unjust criminal justice system.”

During Wednesday’s debate, the Gabbard challenged Harris’ record, claiming she imprisoned hundreds of people for marijuana violations then made light of her past reported use of cannabis during a more recent interview.

“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said.

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“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”

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In a February appearance on New York’s “The Breakfast Club” radio show, Harris spoke about her opinion of marijuana.

“I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,” Harris said at the time.

In her interview with Carlson, Gabbard said the California Democrat owed an apology to some of those she helped put behind bars.

She added the state AG role offered an opportunity for Harris to effect change in criminal justice reform.

“Senator Kamala Harris was in a position to be able to make a difference on that when she was serving as Attorney General,” she said.

“As I pointed out last night, she did not fulfill that promise that she claims to have, which is to be a champion for the people, a champion for the oppressed. In fact, she did the exact opposite.

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“She made decisions that ended up hurting people.”

In addition, Gabbard said Harris’ campaign “smeared” her following the debate.

“The responses from her and her campaign… was basically to lob cheap smears and basically say that I’m a traitor or a foreign agent or a Trojan horse or whatever.”

“This is concerning on many levels about how a Senator Harris would govern as president, that if there are those who are critics of her or her record — you know for me I’m a two-time veteran of Middle East deployments, I’m a soldier currently serving in the Army, I’m a sitting member of Congress — and she’s smearing me in this way. Imagine what she would do to anyone else.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.

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Watch: Anti-ICE protesters interrupt Trump rally in Ohio

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At least two protesters stood and began waving large white cloths with slogans scrawled on them during President Trump’s Cincinnati, Ohio campaign rally on Thursday.

Trump was in the midst of remarks on how he believes Democratic leadership in some urban areas lead to their decline.

“The Democrat record is one of neglect and corruption and decay — total decay,” he said.

Democrats have taxed and regulated jobs and opportunity out of these cities — they’ve squeezed the blood out of them. So many of these mayors… are in jail.”

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When Trump claimed Democratic lawmakers care more about illegal immigrants than their own constituents, the trio began making a commotion at stage left.

One banner read, “immigrants built America,” while another had a crude slogan that has at times been used as part of anti-ICE protests across the country.

Two Trump supporters appeared to confront two protesters, as a man exchanged words with a male protester.

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Another man wearing a suit leaned over to snatch a female protesters’ cloth.

Amid the commotion, the typically large crowd in the arena began chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” as law enforcement sought to remove the protesters.

One young protester flashed the crowd an obscene gesture during the proceedings

Those chants transitioned into, “USA, USA, USA” and cheers that erupted as the protesters were led away.

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During the incident, the president leaned forward on the dais to ask supporters in the front row if Cincinnati had a Democratic mayor.

After nodding, he returned to the microphone and said, “You must have a Democrat mayor?”

“Well, that’s what happens,” he continued, transitioning into a commentary on the size of the crowd in the arena and those who were unable to get in.

The city’s mayor, John Cranley, is a Democrat. He is in his second term and previously lost two bids to unseat the area’s congressional lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, — in 2000 and 2006.

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De Blasio’s entourage keeps plane passengers waiting so he can rush to ‘View’ appearance

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faced fury from his fellow passengers Thursday after they were prevented from deplaning so the mayor and his security detail could rush to a taping of ABC’s “The View.”

De Blasio took a commercial flight to New York from Detroit hours after taking the stage in Wednesday’s Democratic debate.

After Delta Flight 788 landed at La Guardia Airport, a flight attendant got on the intercom and told de Blasio’s fellow passengers that they would have to stay seated for a little longer so passengers in the back of the plane — where the mayor’s staff and security were seated — could leave first, according to The New York Post. The paper, which had a reporter on the same plane, added that after the mayor’s party left the plane, the attendant came back on the intercom and said passengers could leave their seats, an announcement that was greeted by a sarcastic chorus of “Thank you!”

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De Blasio’s campaign press secretary Jaclyn Rothenberg told Fox News that de Blasio’s security detail “asked the flight attendant if one of the detail members could head upfront as soon as we stopped to get in front of the protectee [de Blasio].”

“The flight attendant made that announcement on his own thinking he was helping,” Rothenberg said. “We did not ask him to do that.”

Rothenberg also tweeted about the incident Thursday after a photograph snapped by the Post reporter pictured her waving at the camera.

“As the woman waving to a reporter (who I know) & who wrote the story on a plane filled with other media, this isn’t true. The mayor sat in row 13 and got off the plane in order. It’s true that security in the last row got off first along with elderly and handicapped,” she said.

Despite De Blasio’s apparent eagerness to get on “The View,” several of the daytime show’s cohosts slammed him on Twitter during parts of the debate.

Meghan McCain, blasted de Blasio during his opening statements, touting her support for former Vice President Joe Biden saying “Uncle Joe came to play! Everyone hates you DeBlasio. You left us in the cold in the blackout,” she tweeted.

McCain followed up with another fiery tweet later on saying “Oh for gods [sic[ sake – everyone hates you DeBlasio.”

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Her fellow co-host, Abby Huntsman also tweeted during the debate saying “Pretty sickening to listen to de blasio’s opening statement about crime when two nights ago someone I know was mugged and robbed right in midtown full of people. One of many sad examples recently. The city he represents.”

McCain retweeted Huntsman saying “PREACH HONEY!”

One female passenger told the Post Thursday’s plane incident was “just a continuation of the rudeness and the bluntness of his [debate] performance last night,” while another passenger said it was “par for the course.”

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Rick Scott: Democratic debate strategy will alienate voters, help Trump win in 2020

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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are distancing themselves from everyday Americans with their radical rhetoric, and will only help President Trump‘s chances of reelection if they continue on their current course.

“They’re clearly not playing for Florida. I mean, socialized medicine, take away your health care, open all the borders, the Green New Deal, raise taxes on everybody. That’s not exactly the way you would win Florida,” Scott said on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday.

“They’ve gotten so far to the left. First off think about it, they call themselves Progressive. I grew up in a very poor family. These guys, they’re all regressive,” he continued. “They’re going to take us back to a time where you couldn’t get a job… They’re going to raise taxes on everybody and that’s going to help our economy?

“The Green New Deal’s going to kill jobs. What they’re doing is just playing right in to help Donald Trump, make sure he wins.”

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Scott said he doesn’t think the Democratic party’s message is resonating anywhere in the country right now, and claimed voters are generally conservative when it comes to taxes, immigration, and health care.

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“I don’t think they’re playing well anywhere. Because the average American does not want the borders to be open. They want to have security in this country,” he said.

“They don’t want higher taxes. They want lower taxes. They want somebody that says, I can take care of the environment and I can grow the economy at the same time. We did it in Florida. You can do it. And no one — I have not talked to anybody that says I want to get rid of my employer-sponsored healthcare … Nobody thinks that way. So they’re losing everybody, the way I look at it.”

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Scott also made a prediction about which way his home state would vote in the upcoming presidential election and said he’s confident it will remain red for a second straight cycle.

“Trump’s going to win,” he added. “All he has to do is talk about what the Democrats are doing. Open border, take away your employer-sponsored healthcare, socialized medicine, the Green New Deal and he wins.”

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Michael Moore pushes Michelle Obama to run for president: She would ‘crush’ Trump

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Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore made the case Wednesday night that former First Lady Michelle Obama is the only person who would “crush” President Trump in a general election.

Appearing on MSNBC‘s post-debate coverage, the “Fahrenheit 9/11” director argued that only a “beloved” American who is a “street fighter” can face off against the president, but expressed concern that it’s “not enough.”

“We have to have a candidate who is beloved by the American people and who is outside the political inner circle, somebody who’s not a politician, somebody who’s gonna win,” Moore told the panel.

“I think, in my humble opinion, four of these candidates running could beat Trump; Bernie [Sanders], [former Vice President Joe] Biden, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. They could beat him, but Hillary beat him. It’s not enough just to beat Trump.”

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Moore then suggested someone who wasn’t among the over 20 candidates currently running in the Democratic field.

“The only way to remove Trump is to crush Trump and that’s the question that has to be asked — who can crush Trump? Who’s the street fighter?” Moore asked.

“Frankly, I think, there’s a person that can do this if the election were held today, there is one person that would crush Trump and she hasn’t announced yet and her last name rhymes with Obama. In fact, it is Obama. Michelle Obama.”

He argued: “She is a beloved American and she would go in there and she would beat him. She would beat him in the debates, he wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her.”

The Oscar-winning documentarian praised Obama’s “Becoming” book tour, where she filled “15,000-seat arenas” as evidence that she can motivate voters to head to the polls in 2020.

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“She takes the stage and she’s so powerful and so good, you just look at that and think ‘of course she could win,’” Moore continued. “But everyone’s now saying she’s not going to run. Well, has anyone asked her?… If asked to serve, I believe she would serve.”

Moore warned Democrats that if they don’t pick the right candidate, that person could still “beat” Trump with the popular vote like Hillary Clinton, even by “5 million votes,” but could still lose to Trump in the electoral college.

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Howard Kurtz: Democrats came ‘ready to rumble’ on Night 2 in Detroit

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The second night of this week’s CNN-hosted 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates was much more heated than the first, according to Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz.

Moderators Don Lemon, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash didn’t have to press candidates to oppose one another as much as they did during the first night, Kurtz claimed Wednesday on “Fox News @ Night.”

“The CNN moderators didn’t have to work as hard as last night because these Democrats came ready to rumble,” he said. “The heated debate … really turned on the counter-punching and the personal attacks, not so much the questions.”

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He said CNN appeared to rightfully give a good amount of time to former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., given their fiery back-and-forth during June’s debate in Miami.

As the two were challenged on their records, it was as if someone, “waved the red flag and then the bulls came charging and they took each other on.”

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Kurtz said he believed Lemon was more cautious Wednesday versus Tuesday in what had been seen as political characterizations in his questioning during the first debate.

In one moment from Tuesday, Lemon had referred to what he called, “Trump’s bigotry” in a question to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

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Overall, Kurtz said, the Democratic candidates onstage Wednesday made for many engaging exchanges.

“In the whole second hour, it was sort of like everybody brought out their bazookas and were firing off their oppo research,” he said.

“You had Biden, in defending his own very long record, questioning Cory Booker when he was mayor of Newark … Kirsten Gillibrand pull[ed] out an old op-ed in which Biden appeared to raise questions about women working outside the house. And then he came out and said, ‘Look I was a single father for five years after my first wife died,’.

“They were very well prepared and it made for good TV.”

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Doug Schoen: Second Democratic debate — Two big winners, two big losers and one big, unanswered question

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Former Vice President Joe Biden dominated the debate stage and weathered the attacks of nine opponents for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday night, emerging the clear winner and standing by his promise not be “overly polite.”

In possibly the most contentious Democratic primary debate thus far, frontrunners Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris of California sparred with each other and the other candidates over the issues of health care, immigration, race relations and climate change.

Following Harris’ and Biden’s heated exchange over busing to achieve school integration in the first debate, Biden was far more aggressive than in his previous debate performance in responding to attacks from every candidate on stage.

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The former vice president delivered his message compellingly and convincingly. Even during his less strong moments, Biden remained the focal point of the conversation, speaking for over 21 minutes – more than any other candidate on stage.

On health care, in particular, Biden displaying his in-depth policy knowledge while also rebutting repeated attacks from Harris. Biden gave a strong defense of his pragmatic plan to strengthen ObamaCare, while the confusion and lack of clarity around Harris’ plan hindered her position.

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Biden also successfully took aim at what he has called Harris’ “have it every which way approach.”

Health care “is the single most important issue facing the public,” Biden said to Harris. “To be very blunt … you can’t beat President Trump with doubletalk on this plan.”

Darkhorse candidate New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio focused his efforts on attacking Biden directly, particularly during the discussions over immigration and race relations. But the attacks failed to create the searing moment that de Blasio had hoped for and did not seem to damage Biden in any meaningful way.

On another front, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii scored points against Harris while addressing criminal justice reform and race. Gabbard took aim at the racial implications of Harris’ tough-on-crime record as a California attorney general, leaving Harris without a rebuttal on an issue that the senator commanded during the last debate.

Despite Biden’s strong performance and solid frontrunner status, it is clear that the party has seismically shifted away from the centrist Democratic Party of the 1990’s, making his path to the nomination far from certain.

Gabbard told Harris: “When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, you blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so.”

“There’s no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor, you owe them an apology,” Gabbard added.

At best, Harris met expectations but fell short of being the focal point of the night as she was at the debate last month.

The only substantive losers were minor candidates such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Both have consistently polled at or below the 2 percent threshold and did not get the debate moment that they likely needed to enhance their candidacies in order to qualify for the next round of debates.

Although businessman Andrew Yang did not have a resounding debate moment, the universal-basic-income advocate will likely still secure a spot in the fall debates due to the strength of his grassroots support.

Moreover, despite Biden’s strong performance and solid frontrunner status, it is clear that the party has seismically shifted away from the centrist Democratic Party of the 1990’s, making his path to the nomination far from certain.

Though Biden controlled this debate in many ways, his two leading opponents were absent from the stage of the CNN debate in Detroit. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both competing for the support of the far left, debated Tuesday night.

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Under attack for being too moderate, Biden delivered a powerful response when asked how he can appeal to progressives in the Democratic Party. He drew on his past success in winning elections and scoring major achievements in governing during his long career and emphasized his clear appeal to Midwest and working-class voters.

“I was asked to manage an $87 billion plan that would be spent in a total of 18 months that revived this state and many others … and it kept us out of a depression,” Biden said, referring to his work as vice president to help the auto industry and the country as a whole climb out of the Great Recession shortly after he took office with former President Barack Obama.

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Biden said he led the economic recovery effort with just a fraction of 1 percent waste or fraud, “and our administration pushed bailing General Motors out saving tens of thousands of jobs here in this state.”

Ultimately, the strength of Biden’s performance made it clear that he is prepared to combine the policy knowledge and experience necessary to take on President Trump and potentially win in November 2020. He clearly remains the candidate who will be tough to beat for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Bret Baier: Booker had ‘strong night’; Bennet could rise if Biden stumbles

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., had a good night on the debate stage, according to Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., also showed himself to be capable of assuming former Vice President Joe Biden‘s place as the more moderate Democrat in the 2020 presidential primary field — if the Delaware Democrat backs out, Baier claimed Wednesday on “Fox News @ Night.”

“Someone who had a good night was Cory Booker,” Baier said, “specifically on criminal justice reform.”

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Baier, the host of Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” also pointed to a clip of Booker telling his fellow contenders President Trump was the person most enjoying the debate, along with other key lines from the former mayor of Newark, N.J.

When Biden criticized some of the actions Booker took as mayor of the largest city in New Jersey, he responded with a unique retort: “Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: ‘You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,” Booker said, sparking applause.

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Booker continued, “You need to come to the city and see the reforms we put in place. The head of the ACLU said that I embraced reform not just in action but in deeds. You are trying to shift the view from what you created.”

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In his interview with host Shannon Bream, Baier reiterated Booker had a “strong night.”

Regarding Bennet, Baier pointed to the Colorado Democrat’s tenure running Denver’s public schools, saying the lawmaker has made education policy a top issue.

He added Bennet, “played the role of John Delaney or Governor Bullock from last night.”

“If Biden falls down, it is possible that someone like Michael Bennet could rise up.”

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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CNN’s Cooper knocks 2020 Dems for repeating ‘That’s a Republican talking point’ when ‘in a corner’

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CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called out the 2020 Democrats who fought off tough questions during debates by calling them “Republican talking points.”

Cooper said it was “fascinating” that it appeared these Democrats– when backed into a corner– are using their rendition of the “Republican” call of “fake news.” Cooper told a post-debate panel that Democrats call these questions a “Republican talking point.”

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CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson agreed, adding that it’s sometimes actually a “Democratic voter talking point.”

Cooper continued, “Even if it is a Republican talking point, you’re going to be debating a Republican and if you can’t answer…”

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One of the candidates who most notably used the “Republican talking point” line was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a fiery exchange with former congressman John Delaney over Medicare-for-all.

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