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Biden comes out fighting in Democratic White House debate

Third Dem debate for the White House nomination focuses on healthcare divide; former vice president slams Sanders, Warren for unrealistic, expensive plans

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Frontrunner Joe Biden came out swinging in the third Democratic debate for the White House nomination, clashing with his top two rivals over the future of health care in America and dismissing their plans as unrealistic pipe dreams, AFP reports.

Biden, under pressure to appear in command as the candidate to beat in
2020, pushed back hard against senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during the debate in Houston, Texas a showdown seen as a tough test of the 76-year-old’s stamina.

In a high-octane clash with his fellow septuagenarians, the former vice
president warned Sanders’s plan to finance universal healthcare “gets him
halfway there,” while Warren has yet to indicate how hers will be paid for.

“I lay out how I can pay for it, how I can get it done, and why it’s
better,” Biden said of his plan, which maintains and builds on the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

Warren, a rising star in the race, and Sanders each put up a spirited
defense of their proposals.

“Those at the very top, the richest individuals and the biggest
corporations, are going to pay more. And middle-class families are going to
pay less,” Warren said.

Sanders, whose plans advocates for a shift away from private health
insurance, assured voters “we will finally make sure that every American has health care as a human right, not a privilege.”

The three-way battle over healthcare kicked off a marathon debate, as 10
hopefuls scrambled for breakout moments as they vye for the right to
challenge President Donald Trump.

But the candidates stood united on one key factor: ousting Trump from the
White House.

“We must and will defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders said. “But we must do more. We must do more.”

At a dinner with Republican legislators on Thursday evening, Trump quickly dropped his message of “respect” toward his opponents, which he’d expressed just three hours earlier.

He called Sanders “Crazy Bernie, he’s a crazy guy.” He lamented that he’d
“hit Pocantonas” Warren “way too early,” in reference to his mockery of the
senator’s controversial claim to have had Native American blood.

And he reserved his longest joke for Biden, or “Sleepy Joe.”

“He’s fallen asleep, he’s no idea what he’s doing or saying,” Trump said to
laughter from his party, before acting out a scene in which he imitated
Chinese President Xi Jinping negotiating with Biden, with the Democrat
mumbling “where am I?” and Xi telling him “sign here.”

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