Night two of Detroit debate packed with memorable moments
DETROIT—Night two of the second Democratic debate on Wednesday night was packed full of memorable moments.
Early on, audience members caused commotion and interrupted some of the candidates’ opening statements.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was placed in the hot seat on multiple occasions, taking jabs from the majority of the nine other candidates beside him on stage.
Biden sparred off with California Senator Kamala Harris on health care.
"If you notice there's no talk about the fact the plan in ten years will cost three trillion dollars, you will lose your employer based insurance. And in fact if you notice this is the single most important issue facing the public,” Biden said.
"Under our plan, we will insure everyone has access to healthcare. Under your plan by contrast leaves out almost 10 million Americans. So, I think that you should really think about what you're saying but be reflective and understand that the people of America want access to healthcare and do not want cost to be their barrier to getting it,” Harris said.
Harris was joined by Senator Cory Booker in bringing the heat against the former vice president’s stances on criminal justice issues.
Booker also called out Biden on topics including immigration and crime.
"All of the problems he is talking about that he created, I actually led the bill that got passed into law that reverses the damage that your bills... the Biden crime bill up 2015,” Booker said.
"The bill he talks about is the bill our administration passed. We passed the bill you added onto. That's bill in fact you passed,” Biden said. “"There was nothing done for the entire eight years he was mayor. There was nothing done to deal with the police department that was corrupt."
"There's a saying in my community, you're dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don't even know the flavor," Booker said.
Biden seemed to expect the level of debate seen on Wednesday. When he greeted Harris on stage in the first few minutes of the debate, he told her to “go easy on me kid.”
Following Wednesday’s debate, voters in Detroit said he had made a come-back with his performance from his last round of debates in Miami.