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Bernie Sanders accuses Eric Swalwell of ‘ageism’ for his ‘pass the torch’ remarks

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, accused Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif, of “ageism” for his swipe at the seasoned presidential candidates to “pass the torch” to a younger generation of leaders.

The 38-year-old congressman scored a memorable moment from Thursday’s Democratic primary debate when he took aim at former President Joe Biden by using the 76-year-old frontrunner’s own rhetoric against him.

“I was six years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said ‘it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans.’ That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden,” Swalwell said. “Joe Biden was right 32 years ago, and he’s still right today.”

Swalwell later used the “pass the torch” line on Sanders while discussing climate change.

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Following the debate, Sanders was asked about the “generational argument” that is being made by folks by Swalwell.

“I think that’s kind of ageism to tell you the truth,” Sanders responded. “And I think what we’re trying to do and all of us are trying to do is to end discrimination in this country against women, against minorities, against the LGBT community, and I think ageism as well.”

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He continued, “It doesn’t matter if you’re old, you’re young, you’re black, you’re white, woman, man, you’ve got to take a hard look at the candidates and what they stand for and what their record has been.”

Sanders later insisted it’s “not right” to criticize candidates for being “too young” and that everyone should be judged by the “totality” of who they are.

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David Axelrod says Biden seemed ‘confused’ at debate, seemed ‘part of the past’

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Former Obama advisor David Axelrod ripped former Vice President Joe Biden for his debate peformance on Thursday night, saying he appeared “confused” and “defensive.”

During a CNN panel following the second Democratic debate, Axelrod began by expressing it was a “tougher night” for the “seasoned candidates” on the stage.

“They seemed like part of the past rather than the future,” Axelrod explained.

The ex-White House official then took aim at Biden as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT.

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“At times, the vice president seemed somewhat confused to me in handling some of the questions… He actually seemed a bit defensive,” Axelrod continued. “Bernie Sanders… he might have been a hologram. A lot of what we’ve heard tonight we’ve heard many, many times before.”

He added, “I think they seemed a bit mired in the past.”

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Biden had a testy exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, about his remarks about the segregationists he previously worked with in the Senate as well as his record on bussing. And when asked what his first action would be as president, Biden vowed to defeat President Trump.

This isn’t the first time Axelrod has criticized President Obama’s running mate. Earlier this month, the now-CNN commentator said that Biden was playing into Trump’s “caricature” of him being mentally weak.

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Illegal immigrants should get health care, say Dems in Night 2 debate

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Illegal immigrants would be eligible for coverage under their respective health care plans, the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls taking part in Thursday’s second round of debates in Miami agreed.

Moderator and NBC “Today” host Savannah Guthrie asked the 10 candidates if their health plans would provide coverage for the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

All raised their hands.

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“It’s the humane thing to do,” former Vice President Joe Biden said.

“This is not about a handout. This is about an insurance program,” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said.

President Trump seized on the moment in his first tweet of the night, commenting from Japan where he will attend the G-20 summit.

“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare,” the president wrote, just minutes after the exchange on the debate stage. “How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!”

Blue states like California have embraced providing health care coverage for undocumented immigrants.

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Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state Legislature, low-income adults age 19-25 living in California illegally would be eligible for the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $214 billion budget that Newsom signed into law Thursday.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report. 

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Eric Swalwell swipes at Biden’s age: I’ll be a president that will ‘actually have to live with the decisions I make’

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif, took an early swipe at former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of their debate on Thursday, suggesting he wouldn’t have to “live” with the decisions that he’d make in office.

None of the 10 candidates who appeared in the first debate, held Wednesday night, laid a glove on the former vice president, who was not on the stage but loomed large as the apparent front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But during his appearance on CNN, Swalwell elaborated on his strategy related to Biden, who will be on stage with nine others on Thursday for Debate No. 2.

“I’m going to tell the country that we are at our best when we move in one direction … forward,” Swalwell said. “That we in our past, whether it was Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama or President Kennedy in the past, it was always a page forward. The American people see these issues today as issues of the future — we can’t have a candidate who has ideas that are staler than Donald Trump’s.”

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“So you think Biden is the candidate of the past?” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin asked.

“I don’t think we can nominate a candidate who has been in government for longer than 20 years. I just don’t think that’s going to work,” Swalwell responded. “I think we need someone who’s going to offer a vision for the future, who lives and gets these issues on student debt, gun violence, health care cures, climate chaos. Again, we can’t nibble around the edges anymore, these are issues that will affect us and the next generation. And I’ll be a president that will have to live with the decisions I make and so I think that, too, has to be a priority.”

Swalwell will be sharing the stage with several frontrunners, including Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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Jesse Watters: Donny Deutsch caused stir on MSNBC panel because he said ‘what they didn’t want to hear’ about Trump

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An MSNBC panel reacting to the first night of Democratic debates got heated because one pundit warned that President Trump could still win in 2020, according to Jesse Watters.

Donny Deutsch’s comments casting doubt on candidates’ ability to win next year caused a stir with nighttime host Lawrence O’Donnell, Watters said Thursday on “The Five.”

“O’Donnell might’ve just wanted to shut Donny down because he didn’t want to hear that on a night when the Democrats were supposed to shine,” he said.

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“And, they didn’t shine. There were no stars on that stage. The only star was Rachel Maddow. None of those people rose to the occasion last night.

“None of them were competitive enough… If you can put Donald Trump on the stage next to any of these people in a one-on-one he’d eat their lunch.”

Deutsch, an MSNBC commentator, told the panel Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the highest-polling candidate on that stage, may have trouble against Trump.

“My issue, unfortunately, and do not shoot the messenger, is the messenger,” he said.

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“I do not believe Elizabeth Warren on stage with Donald Trump beats him.

“I’m still sticking with an idealized version of the Joe Biden we want. I still… don’t see anybody on that stage tonight that’ll beat Donald Trump.”

Deutsch’s remarks elicited a response from O’Donnell.

“Let’s just identify this for what it is,” he said.

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“Pure guesswork a year and a half away…

He told Deutsch his statement had “zero value,” prompting Deutsch to respond.

“Don’t tell me it has zero value. It’s understanding human behavior and I guarantee you, 90 percent of our audience agrees with me.”

Watters claimed O’Donnell was “thinking with his heart,” while Deutsch was “thinking with his head.”

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Gutfeld on Wednesday’s debate

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Anoche fue muy aburrido.

Yeah, I’m bilingual. But do you see me showing off?

Wednesday evening, Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination for president showed off their Spanish. It wasn’t English, but it was easy to figure out. It’s called pandering. And it was muy loco.

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Now try to follow this. It’s in English.

“I don’t believe in reproductive freedom. I believe in reproductive justice,” former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told viewers.

“Oy vey,” as they say in Yiddish

The debate wasn’t about facts. It was about who could out-left each other, which left most Americans out of the conversation.

It sounded like a campus sit-in. All that was missing was the body odor.

The problem wasn’t just the candidates. It was the moderators, who were no different than the candidates. They failed to engage in any moderation.

It was MSNBC interviewing future MSNBC hosts. It wasn’t too challenging.

Instead they were like parents quizzing their own brats at the school spelling bee.

“OK, Billy, the next word is ‘Billy.’ Can you spell your name, Billy? Very good, Billy!”

They just asked the candidates about their ends, never the means, giving them a free ride, on all the free stuff. So they all echoed every left-wing wish in unison — no abortion restrictions, no border enforcement, skyrocketing taxes, punishing evil corporations.

Blah, blah, blah — but sometimes in Spanish.

The result: as President Trump said: “boring.”

Aburrido.

Because the left-wing litmus test creates clones. Nothing new. Nothing refreshing. Nothing human. And nothing fun, let alone interesting.

There was no wit, irony or real moments. There was just posturing. Nothing authentic, which you need to beat Trump.

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So this event was as serious as a funeral. Maybe because it was. At least the moderates in that party, for now, are dead.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on June 27, 2019.

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Mike Huckabee: Dem presidential debaters want to do what Trump already accomplished

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Did you hear that? Something sounded awfully familiar during the Democrats’ first presidential debate in Miami.

“If they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico, or to Asia, or to Canada, they’re going to do it,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., complained when discussing the way American companies ship jobs over the border or overseas. “We need to say, ‘any corporation can come and use that research, they can make all kinds of products from it, but they have to manufacture right here in the United States of America.”

Warren is trying to get into the top tier of Democratic candidates after being denied the right to face off against the big boys — Biden and Bernie — Thursday night.

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Other observations from the Democratic debaters Wednesday night sounded familiar, as well.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, told a well-worn campaign trail story about his family members being made to pack up factory machinery in boxes to be shipped to China. He lamented that, after “tax cuts” and “bailouts,” General Motors has “the audacity to move a new car they’re going to produce to Mexico.”

Where have we heard this stuff before?

Back in 2015 and 2016, candidate Donald Trump relentlessly beat the exact same drum the Democrats beat Wednesday night. Every day on the campaign trail, he expressed his outrage at the outsourcing of American manufacturing.

Trump told stories of closed factories, jobs outsourced overseas, and the forgotten working men and women of America. He promised to get America back to work again.

So what’s the difference between Trump and the armchair Democratic “presidents?”

The difference is that the Democrats are only talking about it, but President Trump has already done it.

Job creation? He’s already done it! Trump has overseen the creation of no fewer than 5.4 million new jobs in the last two-and-a-half years, and that trend shows no signs of stopping.

These Democrats want to end the scourge of unemployment? The unemployment rate is already 3.6 percent! Four of these candidates weren’t even alive in 1969, which is the last time America had such low unemployment. A fifth candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was born that very year.

The Democratic candidates want to bring manufacturing back to the American heartland and raise wages? President Trump already did it. After decades of decline — largely because previous presidents refused to do anything to stop unfair, subsidized competition from totalitarian foreign countries such as China — our factories have added hundreds of thousands of jobs and increased wages.

For the first time in a generation, American manufacturing is resurgent. It has a future, and the trade, immigration, environmental, and regulatory policies of the Trump administration made that happen.

These “faux-Trumpian” Democrats can go ahead and try to steal the president’s platform if they want. All they have are focus group-tested talking points, but Trump promised all those same things in 2016 — and he’s actually delivered results to the American people.

Donald Trump had a concrete plan to stop foreign cheaters from exploiting our companies, stop Washington regulators from strangling innovation, and stop cheap illegal immigrant labor from sapping wages — and he’s done all of that.

All Tim Ryan can do is make a spectacle out of General Motors closing a plant. But he neglects to mention that even in this case, some of that employment will be saved by a new high-tech manufacturing operation that is moving into the space, thanks to the pressure President Trump placed on General Motors to sell the plant to a company that can still use it and still employ thousands of employees who depend on it to provide for their families.

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These “faux-Trumpian” Democrats can go ahead and try to steal the president’s platform if they want. All they have are focus group-tested talking points, but Trump promised all those same things in 2016 — and he’s actually delivered results to the American people.

That familiar sound we heard at the debate was that of candidates who are four years behind the man who is already creating jobs and reviving America. They’re simply too late. President Trump is already getting the job done.

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Juan Williams: Julian Castro ‘the breakout star’ of first 2020 Dem debate night

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Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro’s concentration on immigration policy should win him accolades for his 2020 primary debate performance, according to Juan Williams.

The former Housing and Urban Development secretary chose the correct topic to concentrate on during the first of two debates this week, Williams claimed Thursday on “The Daily Briefing.”

“I would agree that Julian Castro was the breakout star of the night,” he said, responding to similar comments from Republican strategist Colin Reed.

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“It was because immigration is such an important topic at this moment, given the photo we have all seen, and the debate in the House,” the “Five” co-host continued, referencing a photo of a migrant father and daughter who drowned.

“It was stage center and Julian Castro was ready for it.”

However, Williams claimed some of Castro’s positions on immigration may or may not play well in a general election setting.

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“Now the difficulty would be… when Castro says I want to have it not be a crime, but simply a civil infraction to cross the border, does that play into the general election audience?” he asked.

“Remember, this wasn’t intended for a general election audience.”

The first primary debate of the 2020 season saw cracks of daylight emerge in a Democratic field that has largely played to the progressive base, with the candidates clashing sharply over controversial policies like “Medicare-for-all” and calls to decriminalize illegal border crossings — while taking ample shots at President Trump in the process.

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Staking out the left flank of the party on stage Wednesday night in Miami were Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — the highest-polling candidate in the first debate batch, with Round 2 coming Thursday — and long-shot Bill de Blasio, the New York City mayor.

Castro was among those landing blows as he sought to distinguish himself from the field on the issue of immigration, perhaps gaining traction by targeting fellow Texan – former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Tom Del Beccaro: First Democratic debate — The top five takeaways

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The first Democratic debate for the 2020 election is in the books. After two hours and 10 participants, we likely learned only a few meaningful things. Here is my list of the top five takeaways, counting down to number one:

5.  Democrats don’t like to talk about and won’t talk about taxes or numbers.

Going into this debate, we know that the Democrats are engaging in a tax and spend competition. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren alone has offered more than $130 TRILLION in new spending over the next 10 years. The other Democrats on the stage spoke about their pet spending programs as well.

However, no one from MSNBC nor any candidate spoke about the costs of those programs. No one.

When asked about raising taxes, the candidates almost uniformly refused to answer whether they would accept a 70 percent top individual income tax rate. After asking a few of the candidates whether they would accept that rate, and not getting more than perhaps one actual answer, the moderator gave up asking the question.

4. NBC/MSNBC really likes Elizabeth Warren.

Warren was asked the first question of the debate and was allowed to go last with respect to her summation. There isn’t a candidate in the world who wouldn’t take that deal. In fact, at the outset, Warren had responded to four questions, Sen. Amy Klobuchar two and the rest only one. Warren was allowed to shine early in the debate and the network gave her a big assist.

3.  Only three people helped their cause.

Ask yourself, will anyone rise significantly in the polls as a result of this debate? The answer is probably not. With that many candidates on the stage, other than Warren at the outset, the candidates had little time to speak.

People like to like their candidates. There wasn’t much likability during the first debate.

Incredibly, but logically, only two candidates smiled much, if at all – Warren and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The rest, pressed for time, were trying to be tough? Serious? Intense? Profound? Whatever the reason, they showed very little personality because they were trying so hard to make their mark on the debate. As a result, no one won the personality contest.

People like to like their candidates. There wasn’t much likability during the first debate.

So, who improved their lot? Warren was treated like the leader and other candidates deferred to her and/or responded to her. She is perhaps the most articulate Democrat in the race. She had momentum coming in and she still has it. She’s a winner.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is one, too. He sounded knowledgeable and told personal stories even if he didn’t smile. He has a ready-made constituency no one else in the race has. He helped his cause but he is starting from so far behind, it is questionable whether he can come from so far behind.

John Delaney. Who? Going into this debate, the former Maryland Congressman was known to a precious few. He was the only one, however, who spoke to independent and Republican voters. He single-handedly shut down the impeachment discussion. He actually talked about being a job creator.

Can he rise in the polls in a Democrat primary? Maybe not – but there is no question he stood out in that crowd.

2.  The Democratic contenders only care about government.

One of the dynamics that is defining our politically divided era is that Democratic primary voters care almost exclusively about government and Republican primary-goers care almost exclusively about the private sector and how the government is harming it. There is a wide gulf between the two.

The private sector was barely mentioned by the Democrats in the first debate. Only Delaney briefly mentioned it.

Sure, they all said the economy was not working for all but a few Americans – a tough sell when the moderator pointed out that 71 percent of people say the economy is going well. Their responses, however, were all government-centric laws or programs. No tax cuts. No regulatory reform. Just more government.

Indeed, this was a debate about what government must do to combat every problem on Earth. The candidates (with the possible exception of Delaney) are big, if not huge, government candidates.

1. This debate format doesn’t work.  

Did you try to keep track of what every candidate said? With 10 people and 60 seconds here and 30 seconds there, it’s impossible to keep track.

At the end of the day, the everyday voter could hardly listen to all of that and say, OK, for sure I learned enough in eight to 10 minutes of responses over two hours to make a choice.

It is more likely that so many candidates on the stage means that front runners will remain the front runners and those under 5 percent approval rating will remain that way. This format, which looks inclusive, really won’t change the leaders and doesn’t offer in-depth candidate results.

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And that – is just day one.

Thursday is another day, another 10 candidates and likely more big government proposals – just no talk about how to pay for it.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii caught the attention of American voters during Wednesday’s first 2020 Democratic presidential primary with her remarks on foreign policy and the military.

Now serving her fourth term in Congress, the lawmaker had struggled to find a way to thrust herself above a crowded 2020 presidential field of more than 20 contenders vying for the party’s nomination.

Here’s what to know about the 38-year-old Hawaii lawmaker and military veteran.

Multi-ethnic, multi-faith family

Gabbard was raised in Hawaii and is a practicing Hindu. She is of Asian, Polynesian and Caucasian descent, according to her government biography.

Entered politics at a young age

Gabbard became the youngest person to be elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at age 21. She served in the state’s House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004.

From 2007 to 2009 she served in the U.S. Senate as an aide to Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hi.

Prior to her election to Congress in 2012, Gabbard served on the Honolulu City Council.

Two tours of duty in the Middle East

Gabbard joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2003. The following year she stepped down from her position in the state’s House of Representatives to deploy overseas.

She served in combat zones in Iraq between 2004 and 2005. She deployed again in 2009 to Kuwait, where she lead a platoon.

For her service, Gabbard has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and became the first woman to receive honors from the Kuwait National Guard.

Met with Syrian dictator Assad in 2017

Gabbard continues to face criticism for meeting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2017 while on a “fact-finding” mission in the country.

She has defended the meeting as a step to help broker peace.

On foreign policy, Gabbard is opposed to “regime change wars” and wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.

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