Senators Kamala Harris, Joe Biden clash at second Democratic debate

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The Equality Act would add LGBTQ protections to existing civil rights law.

Democratic candidates have faced off in their first TV debate in the crowded race to win the party's nomination for next year's USA presidential election. But Inslee got the biggest roar of the night when he said "The biggest threat to the security of the United States is Donald Trump". It's a victory for a candidate looking to raise interest. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who debated on Thursday, is the fifth.

Thursday's viewership surpassed the previous highest-rated Democratic primary debate in 2015 by 2.6 million viewers, according to NBC.

"It was because immigration is such an important topic at this moment, given the photo we have all seen, and the debate in the House", the "Five" co-host continued, referencing a photo of a migrant father and daughter who drowned.

"But in addition to diversity, in terms of having more women, more people from the LGBT community, we also have to do something else".

Receiving the first immigration question of the night, Castro, 44, the only candidate on the stage with a comprehensive immigration plan, criticized the current administration's Zero-Tolerance policy and declared, if elected, he would sign an executive order to end it.

Warren had the luxury of pretending the other candidates weren't even there. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, New York businessman Andrew Yang, California Rep. Swalwell and author and social activist Marianne Williamson. During the debate, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voiced their support for signing the US back onto the nuclear deal.

None of the candidates openly stumbled. Nearly all of the news anchors have previously moderated debates during the 2016 election season.

Booker, meanwhile, focused on Black trans people as part of the broader conversation around racial inequality in the United States.

Delaney adopted the most center of the leftist policies. Above any policy disagreement, Democratic voters report that nothing matters more than finding a candidate who can beat Trump. He said he was in favor of expanding access to Medicare while continuing to have a private insurance sector.

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Castro's aides say his debate performance should provide needed momentum.

Buttigieg took a moment during his closing remarks to be visible, noting that he "has experienced being in a marriage that exists by the grace of a single vote on the U.S. Supreme Court". "Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people?"

Despite flying to Asia for the G20 summit Wednesday, Trump tuned in from Air Force One and did not miss the chance to knock his would-be opponents via Twitter. Check out a few tweets that explain why he was so impressive on Wednesday night.

But the candidates didn't agree on everything.

O'ROURKE: And if we do that, I don't think it's asking too much for.

"As the only black person on this stage, I'd like to address the issue of race", she said.

The former vice-president, along with the other candidates on stage, raised his hand to say his health care plan would provide coverage for immigrants in the country illegally. Cory Booker may have done himself some good with an impassioned response on the issue of guns.

  • Leroy Wright