Saturday, 04 April, 2020

Democratic Debate Starts With a Biden-Bernie Elbow Bump (And a Cough)

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According to The New York Times, Biden had 890 delegates, and Sanders had 736 as of March 14.

An island chain in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, the Northern Mariana Islands is one of several USA territories that the Republican and Democratic parties give a say in choosing the presidential nominees, even though its citizens can't vote in presidential elections.

"You can not be less than frank about the nature of the crisis", Sanders said, adding the crisis showed the need for his signature Medicare for All healthcare proposal, which would replace private health insurance with a government-run system. In addition to using hand sanitizer, Biden said he washes his hands "God know how many times a day with hot water and soap", and makes sure not to touch his face.

The field had finally narrowed to two, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.

Warren, who drew passionate supporters, has so far declined to give her highly valuable endorsement to either Biden or Sanders.

Earlier in the day, Biden's campaign courted the progressive supporters of Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who dropped her White House bid earlier this month but has not endorsed anyone, by promising to back a Sanders plan to make public colleges tuition-free to families with incomes of less than $125,000 a year.

NY coronavirus infection rate accelerating like ‘a bullet train’
Andrew Cuomo says that in his state - the us epicenter for the coronavirus - the wave of new cases is still going up. What happens to NY is going to wind up happening to California, and Washington state, and IL .

Sanders responded by noting that experts say "one of the reasons that we are unprepared ... is that we don't have a system".

"It is unacceptable for him to be blabbering with unfactual information".

Sanders argued his single-payer health care system would provide free treatment for those diagnosed with COVID-19. It's the first debate between just the two Democratic presidential contenders and the first since the US dramatically increased its response to the virus.

Sanders said if he were president he would make sure no one has to pay for coronavirus testing or treatment. No one has to pay for hospitalization because of the crisis, period.

Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios, in Washington. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) looks on during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Biden recounted his experience as vice president in President Barack Obama's administration in dealing with the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Other moderates departed the race, with several consolidating around Biden and united by a desire to block Sanders. With 89 delegates, Washington had the second-largest delegate count of the evening. They greeted each other with an elbow bump.