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Which candidates attacked the most during the third Democratic debate?

libadmin September 13, 2019
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September 13 at 2:51 AM

Former housing secretary Julián Castro’s debate strategy became clear early: claim the Obama legacy.

In his opening statement onstage in Houston, Castro spoke of “exciting a young, diverse coalition of Americans,” saying, “It’s what Barack Obama did, and it’s what I can do in this race.”

But taking up the Obama mantle would also require attacking Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden.

Castro took on Biden, everyone took on Trump

Castro waged 13 attacks, the most of anyone onstage, according to an analysis of the third Democratic presidential debate. Seven of those were directed at Biden, and six at Trump, according to the tally.

The candidates attacked Trump 36 times

Biden fended off Castro and Sanders while also attacking Warren over health care

O’Rourke

The candidates attacked Trump 36 times

10 attacks

Castro went after Biden

7 times on health care

and immigration

Biden fended off Castro and Sanders while also attacking Warren over health care

O’Rourke

Warren only attacked

once during the night

The candidates attacked Trump 36 times

10 attacks

Castro went after Biden

7 times on health care

and immigration

Biden fended off Castro and Sanders while also attacking Warren over health care

O’Rourke

Warren only attacked

once during the night

Castro’s attacks may have fallen flat. At one point during an exchange on health care, he repeatedly suggested Biden’s memory had failed him, but it’s not clear that Biden had forgotten anything.

Biden spent some of his time fending off Castro’s attacks, as well as criticizing the liberal candidates on the stage.

He questioned “my distinguished friend,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and “my friend from Vermont,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I). More centrist candidates such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg also critiqued Sanders’s plans.

Warren delivered only a single attack, directed at Trump. She joined tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) in not attack anyone else onstage.

Obama was a punching bag in the previous two debates, but Castro was one of several who sought to align with him this time around.

How many times candidates aligned with Obama

O’Rourke

O’Rourke

“I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you’re not,” Castro said to Biden during the health-care exchange.

“That will be a surprise to him,” Biden returned.

Biden, Castro and Klobuchar each praised Obama multiple times over the course of the debate.

Obama was not the only figure to get some love. Beto O’Rourke was complimented by six other candidates for his curse-laden response to the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso.


Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke participate in the third Democratic primary debate Thursday in Houston. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

“I want to commend Beto for how well he has spoken to the passion and the frustration and the sadness after what happened in his hometown of El Paso,” Castro said of his fellow Texan.

“The way [Beto] handled what happened in his hometown is meaningful, to look in the eyes of those people, to see those kids … to understand those parents, you understand the heartache,” Biden said.

All the times candidates aligned with O’Rourke

O’Rourke

O’Rourke

“I so appreciate what the congressman’s been doing,” Klobuchar said, before stating why she disagrees with him on a mandatory federal gun buyback.

“Beto, God love you for standing so courageously in the midst of that tragedy,” Harris said.

Following the debate, even the candidates that had butted heads shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Many will not appear together onstage next month, as the debate will once again be split across two nights thanks to billionaire Tom Steyer’s recent polling qualification.


Candidates converse Thursday after the debate at Texas Southern University in Houston. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Reuben Fischer-Baum contributed to this report.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/13/which-candidates-attacked-most-during-third-democratic-debate/

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