Day Two of the Second Democratic Debates

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Erin Schaff/The New York Times


We ran the numbers: There are 3083 news articles covering this topic. 48% (1478) are left leaning, 34% (1060) center, 18% (545) right leaning.


On Wednesday, the nation tuned in for a second night of the second round of the 2020 Democratic debates in Detroit. While the first night was made up of an entirely white roster of candidates–featuring two of the most progressive candidates in the race (Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders) and eight staunch moderates–the second night was more diverse both in terms of race and political ideology. On the stage were Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, and Bill de Blasio. Leading up to the debate, many predicted a second showdown between Biden and Harris after their fiery confrontation on race at the previous debate. Indeed, much of the focus was on Biden, as the current top-polling candidate in the crowded Democratic field.

A left-leaning article from the Washington Post describes the many attacks leveled at Biden by his rivals on the stage. These included a confrontation with Booker over criminal justice reform (Booker claimed Biden had contributed to the mass incarceration of Black Americans), Gillibrand over women’s issues (she said Biden did not support women’s choice to work outside the home), and Harris on healthcare (he claimed that she had been shifting her stance and that her new plan was too expensive).

A centrist article from NPR also focuses on Biden’s performance, but notes that no one on stage had any particularly notable standout moments. “Biden and Harris spent much of the night tangling with one another, but neither seemed to have a star, viral moment. Their performance raises questions about what will happen once the field narrows and Biden, Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — currently highest in polls — likely end up on the same stage,” the article reads.

A right-leaning Fox News article focuses on Trump’s live tweets in response to the debate–quoting him as saying, “The people on the stage tonight, and last, were not those that will either Make America Great Again or Keep America Great! Our Country now is breaking records in almost every category, from Stock Market to Military to Unemployment. We have prosperity & success like never before..”