***Live Updates*** Democrats Debate in Houston

***Live Updates*** Democrats Debate in Houston

Presidential candidates Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar will debate on Thursday evening in Houston, Texas, at Texas Southern University.

ABC’s David Muir, George Stephanopoulos, and Linsey Davis will moderate the debate with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates throughout the evening. All times eastern.

8:55: Debate turns to the El Paso/Odessa mass shootings.

Biden, after forgetting that he was never a congressman, now can’t remember Moms Demand Action. He says something along the lines of mothers against guns, perhaps thinking of Mothers Against Drunk Driving…

8:52: The Thursday Night Football game is apparently delayed due to inclement weather. So the debate may have more viewers.

8:51 PM: Biden claims he opposed redlining policies and says so many people are in jail who should not be in jail. He says nobody should be in jail for nonviolent crimes or drug problems. He says he’s the guy who put in “drug courts” to divert people from the criminal justice process.

8:50 PM: Klobuchar asked if she should have done more re: white police officers shooting black men when she was a prosecutor. She claims that’s not her record. Gives legalese answer full of technicalities. When you’re explaining….

8:49 PM: Harris asked about why she didn’t change the system as a prosecutor. She gives the same answer about wanting to have a seat at the table. She claims she was born knowing how biased the criminal justice system is. Her record continues to haunt her throughout the primary process.

8:45 PM: Buttigieg asked about his difficulties with black voters. He says systemic racism preceded Trump and it will exist even when Democrats defeat Trump. He says harms compound (a dollar stolen like a dollar saved) and talks about how generational theft has put people in two different countries. He says you can’t replace racist policies with neutral ones and hope everything will be OK.

8:42 PM: Debate turns to racism. Beto says the county was founded in 1619, not 1776. He says Trump is a “white supremacist” who poses a “mortal threat” to people of color. He talks about various systemic inequalities in education, etc.

Castro says Trump inspired a shooter to come to El Paso to try to kill people who looks like him.

Booker talks about systemic racism, says there are more African Americans in jail than there were slaves. He basically says Democrats shouldn’t get cookies for saying Trump is a “racist” because everyone knows he is. He also talks about environmental racism

8:38 PM: Booker says everyone on stage is in favor of universal coverage and comes at it with the best intentions.

8:37 PM: Yang says we are talking about health care the wrong way. He says the current system makes it harder for people to hire.

He says he is Asian so he knows a lot of doctors who are fed up with paperwork, bureaucracy. He praises the great Cleveland Clinic model.

The secret’s out! Have you entered to win our #1kGiveaway? Visit https://t.co/CfP07EKyAq now! pic.twitter.com/SWzo6Kxz2Q

— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 13, 2019

8:33 PM: Bernie passionately says under his plan, people will not go bankrupt because of a medical emergency like cancer.

Biden says he knows a lot about cancer…and says people need help now.

Beto says Democrats are offering a “false choice.” Beto is framing Biden as an “incrementalist” whose plan will leave many uninsured. Beto brings up the ability of unions to keep the plan they fought for.

Castro also praises Sanders and Obama for the work they have done on health care. Castro says Biden’s plan leaves 10 million people uncovered. He accuses Biden of lying about his plan at the last debate. He says Barack Obama’s plan was not to leave 10 million uncovered.

Castro wonders if Biden is forgetting what he said two minutes ago (age implications) re: health care buy ins.

8:30 PM: Buttigieg says he trusts the American people and if progressives are right, Americans will opt for his Medicare for All who want it plan. He asks Sanders why he won’t trust Americans. Sanders says people lose their insurance if they get fired or if their employers change the plan.

Harris says she supports Medicare for All but wants to improve it and gives another roundabout answer. Harris seems to be pivoting everything back to Trump. She says Trump spent the first years of his tenure trying to get rid of Obamacare, and she praises the late Sen. McCain.

8:26 PM: And now for some strange reason, ABC asks Klobuchar, WHO IS LAST in polling among those on stage, the next question to give her air time. She won’t answer which candidate is the “extreme” one. She says while Bernie wrote the bill she “read the bill.” She hits Sanders on private insurance.

8:25 PM: Warren says she’s never met anyone who like their insurance company. She says they like their doctors, nurses, etc.

8:23 PM: Biden says Sanders and Warren aren’t answering his criticisms about costs.

8:21 PM: Sanders says “he wrote the damn bill” while defending Medicare for All. He says nobody will pay more than $200 a year for prescription drugs.

.@ewarren dodges question about whether middle class taxes will have to go up to pay for #MedicareforAll and whether she will eliminate private insurance. She just says “costs” will go down. #DemocraticDebate at @texassouthern

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 13, 2019

8:20 PM: Warren says costs will go up for wealthier individuals and giant corporations under Medicare for All but costs will go down for working families. But she doesn’t directly answer Biden’s criticisms about costs/private insurance.

8:19 PM: Biden is asked about Medicare for All vs. improving Obamcare. He says Warren is for “Bernie” and he is for “Barack.” He concedes his plan costs a lot but not nearly as much as Warren’s and Sanders’s.

8:09 PM: Andrew Yang says everything revolves around the almighty dollar and that’s why we don’t trust institutions. He announced his “Freedom Dividend” raffle. He asks those watching at home to go to Yang2020.com and tell the campaign what $1,000/month could do for them.

Robotic, inauthentic, consultant-driven and stiff politicians like Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg chuckle.

Buttigieg talking about unity and trying his best to display gravitas. Not working.

Harris says she has a few words for Trump. She says Trump has spent the last two years trying to sow hate and division and that’s why we’ve gotten nothing done. She says the only reason Trump has not been indicted is because a DOJ memo states that a sitting president can’t be charged with a crime. Harris, like nearly every other candidate, robotically says there is so much more that unites than divides.

Harris tells Trump to go watch Fox News when he is speaking at Baltimore at this time. Awkward attempt at jabbing Trump. Incompetent advisers didn’t tell her on this night he wouldn’t be watching TV?

A hoarse Bernie gives a speech attacking the fossil fuel industry, possibly setting up something later with Biden.

Warren says she was born in Oklahoma but she is glad to be in Texas. She says her brothers served in the military and that was their ticket to the middle class. She got hers at the University of Houston. Warren talks about service members being preyed upon and people struggling to pay their bills. She says she knows what’s broken and how to fix it.

Biden uses his opening statement to talk about refusing to postpone finding a cure for cancer, taking on climate change, pre-K, etc.

8:03 PM: Opening statements. Castro starts his opening statement by talking about exciting a young generation of Americans ready for a bold future. He says he can turn Texas blue.

Klobuchar says what unites Democrats is much stronger than what divides them. “Houston, we have a problem,” she says of Trump. She says Trump runs the country like a game show and would rather lie than lead. Everything else is standard stump speech material. She is appealing to people stuck in the “middle of the extremes.”

Beto says the El Paso shootings showed just how “dangerous” Trump was because the shooter was “inspired to kill” by Trump. He then talks about the smallness of today’s politics with a bunch of platitudes.

Booker speaks about his bio–how he moved into the inner city after law school. He says that’s like the story of America and speaks about uniting Americans in common cause.

8:01 PM: Jorge Ramos opens the debate by saying they will discuss “Latinx” issues. He then speaks Spanish since Univision is also sponsoring the debate.

7:50 PM: The candidates are being introduced and walking on stage.

7:45 PM: Yang’s surprise: He’ll announce a raffle for $1,000/month for 12 families. Campaign will get way more than $120,000 worth of new contacts/donations (people buying MATH merch, etc.) from people who have never voted before and are not on anyone else’s lists.

NEW: Andrew Yang to announce $120,000 giveaway in his opening statement tonight. 10 families will be randomly selected to receive $1,000/mo as part of a pilot program for Yang’s UBI plan. Ppl will be able to enter the online raffle starting tn for a week https://t.co/igms7GEIzb

— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) September 12, 2019

Yang has pilot programs w/ 3 families out of his own pocket already. This would expand it and would come from campaign funds instead. A campaign source told me it will last the full year even if Yang isn’t the nominee.

— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) September 12, 2019

7:30 PM: Thirty minutes until game time:

The stage is set…

90 minutes until the @ABC/@UnivisionNews debate! Tune in at 8pm EST pic.twitter.com/vbOm1gQQr8

— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) September 12, 2019

7:15 PM:

Joel interviews Rahm Emanuel about Medicare for All: 

7:05 PM: Breitbart’s Matt Boyle previews debate:

Don’t forget to follow Joel Pollak and Kristina Wong, who are at the Houston debate: 

Trump campaign banner flies over #DemocraticDebate at ⁦@TexasSouthern⁩: “Socialism will kill Houston’s economy! Vote Trump 2020” pic.twitter.com/xAnawUHopF

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019

Two big issue groups outside the #DemocraticDebate at @TexasSouthern: the anti-abortion protesters and charter school supporters. pic.twitter.com/THY319xcee

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019

Hmm… no trash cans or recycling bins, perhaps for safety reasons, so security at ⁦@TexasSouthern⁩ are just tossing plastic bottles and cardboard fans over the perimeter fence and onto the lawn outside #DemocraticDebate pic.twitter.com/zJEmSDaUdW

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019

Beto O’Rourke also has a large and visible contingent at the #DemocraticDebate at ⁦@TexasSouthern⁩. This lady had a ⁦@BetoORourke⁩ dress made. pic.twitter.com/EWoK6ebo8U

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019

So far, the #YangGang is the largest contingent of supporters for any candidate at the #DemocraticDebate at @TexasSouthern. But no one seems to know what surprise @AndrewYang has planned. Will he walk onstage nude? “I wouldn’t oppose that,” says a female supporter pic.twitter.com/8VK0Se9Y3K

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) September 12, 2019

More robotic talk from Team Kamala:

Here’s how Kamala Harris plans to “define her lane” tonight according to a campaign adviser: pic.twitter.com/9yAF2Apeni

— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 12, 2019

Interesting Andrew Yang debate prep strategy:

Rather than relying on aides or other politicians to play his opponents, as is customary, the offbeat, web-savvy 44-year-old outsider hired a cast of real actors and actresses to put him through the wringer for two-and-a-half hours at the Signature Theatre in Manhattan.

Yang invited a few dozen of his donors to play the audience, and they were instructed to treat the candidate like he had no business being on a presidential debate stage. “You’re not Yang Gang right now. You’re a DNC donor, a longtime DNC donor that just wishes we’d all shut up and have Biden as our president right now,” a campaign aide instructed the audience.

To Yang’s right, Kamala Harris’ impersonator, wearing a sharp black jacket and pearls, imitated the former attorney general’s prosecutorial style, waving her signature pointed finger to prosecute her case. To Yang’s left, the Beto O’Rourke performer mimicked the former congressman’s straining, hoarse speech with thumb-on-fist flourishes.

Cory Booker’s understudy, who was white, gave a stirring rendition of the senator’s sermonizing tone. The actor with the stage name Bernie Sanders waved his arms wildly and spoke with a passable Brooklyn timbre, but had a nicer suit and flashier tie. Joe Biden’s performer broke character with his crisp diction.

Breitbart Fact Check: Fact Check: Trump Increased Funds for Black Colleges 17%:

CLAIM: President Donald Trump “signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by a record 13 percent.  That was the highest ever done.”

VERDICT: True, and he has increased it by 17% since 2017.

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