Key Quotes From the First Democratic Presidential Debate
What do you think of the 2020 Democratic contenders?
by Countable | 6.27.19
10 contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket took the stage in Miami on Wednesday, hoping their message connects with voters.
Tomorrow, another 10 will vie for the (D) nomination.
Here are the quotes of the night from Wednesday's contenders:
Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
"Immigrants do not leave their human rights at the border."
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
“For the last 21 years I’ve been raising a black son in America. And I’ve had to have very, very serious talks with my son, Dante, about how to protect himself in the streets of our city...including the fact that he has to take special caution because there have been too many tragedies between young men and our police.”
Julian Castro, Former housing secretary
"We saw that image today that broke our hearts," Castro said, referring to a photo of a father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande this week.
"It should also piss us all off."
John Delaney, Former congressman from Maryland
“I don’t think anyone is above the law including the president."
Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii
"There is no one in our government at any level who has the right to tell any American who they should be allowed to love or who they should be allowed to marry."
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
“It is not right that the CEO of McDonald’s makes 2,100 times more than the people slinging hash at McDonald’s."
Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota
Regarding President Donald Trump's claims that pharmaceutical prices would go down, when they instead have gone up:
"That's what we call at home 'All foam and no beer.'"
Beto O'Rourke, former congressman from Texas
"Our greatest existential threat is climate change."
Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio
On school shootings and bullying:
"We need to start dealing with the trauma that our kids have. We need trauma-based care in every school. We need social and emotional learning in every school."
Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts
“Who is this economy really working for? It’s doing great for thinner and thinner slice at the top. It’s doing great for giant drug companies It’s not doing great for people who are trying to get a prescription filled… It’s doing great for giant oil companies…just not for the rest of us who are watching climate change bear down upon us."
—Veronica You & Josh Herman
(Illustration by Lily Chen)
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