Castro goes after Biden during debate

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It came during a disagreement over a minor point in the candidates' broader debate about whether to embrace "Medicare for All", which Biden has opposed. A 76-year-old front-runner essentially got called old, and he turned around and called another rival a "socialist". All assailed Trump without mercy. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) endorsed a Medicare buy-in, without picking up any flack from his competitors.

It was Biden's first attempt to go on the offensive in a debate that he's trying to use to prove that he has the fire to compete with President Donald Trump. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen.

Biden did ask, and Warren and Sanders replied, initially leading the discussion into the weeds of how the government could finance public health care - be it increased payroll taxes or savings from squeezing rent-seeking health care providers.

"Americans don't want to pay twice as much as other countries, and they guarantee health care for all people", Sanders said. When the stern faced Sanders responded, "they will", Biden shot back with a joke about the ideological differences between them.

Viewers took notice, too, seeing it as an attack on the former vice president's age and memory.

Biden quoted Soren Kierkegaard, "Faith sees best in the dark", and recounted the death of his wife and daughter in an automobile accident right after he was first elected to the Senate in 1972.

It appears as though it's actually Castro who forgot what happened two minutes ago, several Twitter fact-checkers said.

"Are you forgetting what you just said onstage two minutes ago?"

He added: "I'm fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama and you're not". A handful more candidates qualified for next month's debate, which will again be divided over two nights. Elizabeth Warren of MA, quickly made good on that promise by attempting to distance her from Obama, who remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party.

The debate, held on the campus of historically black Texas Southern University, included women, people of color and a gay man, a striking contrast to the Republicans.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar noted that all the candidates on stage favor a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

"It's going to be very interesting", Trump said. "I hear this large savings my friend from Vermont thinks that the employer is going to give back if you negotiate as a union all these years, got a cut in wages because you got insurance". Dunn touted Biden's performance, saying that Biden's persona on Thursday was that of "Joe Biden the statesman", citing his empathy toward other candidates on stage over a series of issues.