HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):
Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new generation.
Castro also seemed to allude to speculation about the 76-year-old Biden’s mental acuity during an exchange about health care. When Biden denied that his health plan required people to buy into Medicare, Castro exclaimed, “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?”
‘I wouldn’t do it differently’: Castro defends his Biden attack
O’Rourke and Klobuchar knocked the offensive, while Booker and Harris were more reluctant to defend the vice president.
By QUINT FORGEY
09/13/2019 08:44 AM EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Friday defended his criticism of front-runner Joe Biden at the previous evening’s debate — saying he “wouldn’t do it differently” and insisting the apparent questioning of the former vice president’s mental acuity “was not a personal attack.”
“This was about a disagreement over what the vice president said regarding health care policy,” Castro, a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told CNN.
Joe Biden Was Ready For A Fight With Elizabeth Warren. Instead He Got Trolled By Julián Castro.
“I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you’re not,” Castro told Biden at Thursday’s Democratic debate.Henry J. GomezBuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on September 13, 2019, at 1:14 a.m. ET
Joe Biden turned Thursday night’s presidential debate into a dare.
In a twist, Julián Castro was the one who accepted it.
Hours before he and nine rivals for the Democratic nomination met in Houston, Biden produced a video homage to Barack Obama — a “great president,” he tweeted. “We don’t say that enough.”
Biden does. And his pre-debate message was meant as a warning that Biden, who served two terms as Obama’s vice president, would treat attacks on him as attacks on the still-popular Obama. Many, including some Biden advisers, expected the hits would come from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, sharing a stage with Biden for the first time. But Warren — early on, during a segment on health care meant to tease out her differences with Biden — quickly offered praise for Obama and avoided a hostile confrontation.
Only Castro, who served with Biden in the Obama administration as Housing secretary, plunged into a litigation of the Obama years and of who is the best steward of that legacy.