Biden and Harris, Bruised During Debate, take Campaigns to Detroit Streets

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Democrats Kamala Harris and Joe Biden say they’ll welcome future primary debates with fewer candidates on stage and more time to explore differences in policy.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, among the frontrunners for the Democratic presidential nomination in many pre-debate polls, were the chief targets for their rivals during this week’s debates in Detroit.

A day after the debate, while campaigning in downtown Detroit, Harris repeated her assertion that the future of the working class must be the priority for Democrats.

But Harris says it’s still legitimate to press any candidate about his or her past.

If you’re considered a frontrunner you should be prepared to take the hits,” Harris said.

A few blocks away, near a streetcar stop after chowing on a signature Detroit coney dog, Biden was calling for more civility in future debates.

Let’s focus on what it is we can do together. We are so different, every one of those people on that stage,” he said.

The next debate will be in Houston, Texas, in September. The party is doubling the threshold for funding and support contenders must demonstrate in order to qualify.

Click the player above to hear reporters interview Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


Quinn Klinefelter, Senior News Editor

Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.

qklinefelter@wdet.org

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