Let the 2020 Games Begin: The First Democratic Primary Debate Is Here

Last updated June, 26th 2019 at 11:33 PM est

The 2020 race kicks off in Miami, where 10 Democrats will be facing off and fighting for votes.

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  • Jun 26, 2019 11:33 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        

Thanks for joining everyone. Stay tuned tomorrow for Round Two!

  • Jun 26, 2019 11:32 PM est | Yuichi Kakutani       

Wow: Five out of six college students interviewed by NBC said Castro was one of the best candidates of the night.

  • Jun 26, 2019 11:08 PM est | Timothy Meads       


  • Jun 26, 2019 11:07 PM est | Yuichi Kakutani       

NBC commentator says Beto speaking Spanish is "pandering 102". Oof.

  • Jun 26, 2019 11:04 PM est | Timothy Meads       

MSNBC is ripping De Blasio right now... "irritating..." "obnoxious guy at the restaurant talking on the phone...."

  • Jun 26, 2019 11:01 PM est | Matt Vespa       

 PART II is tomorrow. We'll be here. Biden, Swalwell, and Sanders ... if you thought tonight was insane (and it was), tomorrow will be even more unhinged. Get excited! 


  • Jun 26, 2019 11:00 PM est | Timothy Meads       


  • Jun 26, 2019 11:00 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Warren issues her closing statement about her upbringing and family in Oklahoma, doesn’t mention high cheek bones and bogus Cherokee heritage she used to get ahead.

  • Jun 26, 2019 11:00 PM est | Guy Benson       

Overall thoughts

Tulsi and Booker will get interest bumps. Perhaps Inslee, too, because he seemed to take decent advantage of his limited openings.  Castro mixed.  Beto looks lifeless and cooked.  Warren had a big opportunity and generally faded.

Several of Delaney's answers were reasonable, which could actually benefit him because the "moderate" lane is pretty empty.

Strong closing statement from Klobuchar.

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:59 PM est | Matt Vespa       

Was Warren the first... "Native American" to attend said community college? ...

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:59 PM est | Yuichi Kakutani       

Notice that Beto almost always tells an anecdote whenever he doesn't want to take a definite police stance but wants to sound charismatic

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:57 PM est | Victoria Marshall       

Booker once again reminds viewers that he is, in fact, from the inner city

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:56 PM est | Victoria Marshall       

Castro finally gets his chance to finesse with his Spanish. 

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:55 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Very unclear how Democrats reconcile their open border ideology with their claims of standing up for the working class. Illegal immigration suppresses wages while they claim to want higher wages for workers and a mandated minimum wage. Also, how do they reconcile factory killing climate change plans with winning back working class middle America?

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:54 PM est | Timothy Meads       

Tim Ryan makes too much sense for progressives to take him seriously. 

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:54 PM est | Victoria Marshall       

Tim Ryan: "There's nothing worse than not being seen or heard." Ryan says after barely being seen or heard the entire debate.

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:53 PM est | Timothy Meads       

"Everything humanly possible"  to defeat climate change.

Jay Inslee, you flew in a jet-fueled powered airplane to get to Miami. Sorry, bud. 

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:52 PM est | Katie Pavlich       

Did we really just go through two hours without Warren getting asked about her faking Cherokee heritage to get ahead?

  • Jun 26, 2019 10:51 PM est | Katie Pavlich       


  • Jun 26, 2019 10:51 PM est | Yuichi Kakutani       

Maybe it's just me, but Delaney's eyes kinda freaked me out 

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