The third Democratic debate: What you missed

By Ethan Lachney

HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) interact on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s
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On Thursday, the third Democratic Presidential Debate was held in Houston. It featured only 10 qualifying candidates. Still, that didn’t stop the night from being heated.

The debate had the usual suspects who are still polling strong, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as well as those left behind by the spotlight, like Julian Castro.

Here’s what you missed:

Health care

Healthcare, like many things, has become a staple topic of discussion for the democrats, and this time was no exception.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren doubled-down on their jointly approved Medicare for All plan, while Joe Biden proposed a more modest solution to build off of former president Barack Obama’s Obamacare.

Gun control

Following the mass shooting in El Paso, Beto O’Rourke had some strong words for his home state of Texas, saying “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, we’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

Other candidates had their say on the matter as well, Such as Sen. Kamala Harris, who called for executive action on the matter.

Buttigieg’s setback

A major highlight of the night was when the candidates were asked what they felt was the biggest setback of their careers, and it was a moment for South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg to stand out.

Buttigieg used his time on the question to recall his deployment to Afghanistan during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. As a gay man, Buttigieg stated that he worried his sexuality would be his ultimate setback as a political figure.

Whether it helped his campaign or not is something only time could tell. But it was a historic moment nonetheless.

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