When Democratic presidential candidates meet in Detroit this week for their second round of primaries, Joe Biden is expected to become the main target of his rivals' political fire.
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Already marked by the virtue of being a leader, Biden became even more vulnerable after the first debate, when he struggled to recover after Kamala Harris attacked his position on a federal bus program.
Now he is confronted with questions about his support for a controversial crime law, his age, and whether he has what it takes to take on President Donald Trump if he wins the nomination.
His hassle and Harris & bounce in both police numbers and fundraising figures after her attack have put the former vice president in trouble.
Some struggling contenders hope this week for their own Harris-like moment to increase their campaign fortune.
& # 39; Friendly fire is coming at him, & # 39; told an assistant to the Democratic campaign Axios van Biden.
Biden will be packed by Harris and Cory Booker on Wednesday evening. Booker has already been behind Biden's support for the 1994 Crime Act and called him & # 39; an architect of massive imprisonment & # 39; in reference to the high number of minorities imprisoned in its aftermath.
The former vice-president, for his part, has indicated that he is better prepared this time.
& # 39; I'm not going to be so polite this time & # 39 ;, Biden told a fundraiser in Detroit last week.
And his campaign said he was ready to defend himself against the attack of the expected fire over his record.
& # 39; We know that people want to take photos. He is fully prepared to talk about his entire record & # 39 ;, said a senior Biden campaign official Axios. & # 39; He will not misrepresent his record. & # 39;
Other Democrats have been concerned about Biden's inability to defend himself against members of his own party, meaning that he cannot defend himself against President Trump if he wins the nomination.
Joe Biden is expected to be the main target in this week's second debates
Biden is flanked on stage by Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both of whom have been attacked against him
& # 39; People asked serious questions about his ability to be very aggressive against Trump, & # 39; told a person close to Biden Politics. & # 39; He is listening. He seems to be more sure of himself after that first fiasco. I think he now realizes he's ruined it. & # 39;
Others worry that Biden showed his age at the age of 76.
& # 39; If Joe returns strongly in the coming debates, I think it will be alright. But I think he looked rather old in this debate, & told Mike Lux, a Democratic strategist who was a top Iowa contributor to Biden during his 1988 presidential campaign, The New York Times.
If elected, Biden would be the oldest president in history at the time of his inauguration – at the age of 78. Among his rivals, Bernie Sanders is closest to him at the age of 77.
Trump, at the age of 73, is confronted with his own questions about his mental health abilities. But he has also tried to turn Biden's age against him, often referring to him as & # 39; Sleepy Joe & # 39 ;.
Biden supporters pushed back against such talk and told The Times that former vice president & # 39; fitness fanatic & # 39; and is a reasonably healthy eater.
& # 39; I train every morning, & # 39; said Biden. & # 39; I usually work on the Peloton bike, and I lift. & # 39;
During a fourth July parade in Iowa, the former vice president ran back and forth across the road to greet supporters and, when Trump ally & # 39; Sleepy Joe & # 39; yelled at him, he invited the man to run with him. The man refused.
But Biden also tends to speak off-the-cuff and go through carefully planned scripts. He has had to apologize for some of such comments, such as his embrace of segregationist legislators when talking about working down the aisle.
Meanwhile, Booker and Harris get their ducks in a row in front of the stage.
Harris announced her plan for a single government health insurance system on Monday.
The Californian senator previously expressed his support for Sanders' Medicaid-for-all proposal, but the new details she offered on Monday are slightly different. It offers a single-payer health plan for all Americans, but also provides a role for private insurance.
Harris has repeatedly had to clarify her position on healthcare.
During the first presidential primary debate, she seemed to suggest that she was in favor of abolishing private insurance when she raised her hand in response to a question about this to clarify later that she was talking about herself and not all Americans.
And she was confronted with attacks from some of her Democratic rivals because she said she was against a middle class tax increase to pay Medicare for All without making it clear how she would pay for it.
Her plan also differs from Sanders in that she would postpone implementation by 10 years instead of the four years that the Vermont Senator proposed.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will compete against each other on Tuesday evening
The Biden campaign accused her of flip-flopping on health care.
& # 39; This new, comprehensive approach pushes the extremely challenging implementation of the Medicare for All part of this plan ten years into the future, meaning that it would not happen on hold of even a two-term administration. The result? A Bernie Sanders-lite Medicare for All and a refusal to be honest with the American middle class, which should impose a large tax increase with this plan, & quot; Biden Deputy Campaign Leader Kate Bedingfield said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Booker announced on Monday that he qualified for the third debate.
The qualifications become stricter to participate in the debates following this week's match-ups, putting pressure on some of the lower-ranked candidates to perform in Detroit.
For the third round of debates, which will take place in Houston in September, candidates must reach 2 percent in multiple polls and have 130,000 individual donors. Only polls held between June 28 and August 28 count.
There were questions about whether Booker would qualify, but he left that on Monday.
His campaign announced that he had hit both the polling and the donor thrower, which guarantees him a place on the podium.
& # 39; We are building this campaign the right way, brick by brick, and we are seeing the results of that strategy as we continue to build momentum & # 39 ;, Booker campaign leader Addisu Demissie said in a statement.
& # 39; We are grateful to the tens of thousands of Americans who ensured that Cory & # 39; s voice is heard in the Democratic debates this fall, and who believe in Cory's uplifting vision of creating a fairer and fairer country for all to build. & # 39;
Biden, Sanders, Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O & # 39; Rourke are also expected to qualify for round three.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will be the new face on stage during the debates after he did not qualify for the first round
But first, 20 candidates will be on stage for two nights at the Fox Theater in Detroit for the second Democratic show down.
CNN sponsors the debate.
Biden is on stage on Wednesday evening. The event will end on Tuesday, Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders with eight political rivals.
There will be a new face on the podium with the contenders. Montana Gov. Steve Bollock qualified after Congressman Eric Swalwell left the competition.
Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam – two candidates who did not pass the first debate – also did not hold the second debate.
Billionaire investor Tom Steyer and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, who both recently took part in the nomination competition, were also not eligible.
Steyer & # 39; s campaign announced that an advertisement would appear on CNN during both nights of debate, in which Steyer goes after the president.
& # 39; I am running for the president because, unlike other candidates, I can agree with Donald Trump about the economy and show him what he is: a fraud and a failure, "he says.
AGES OF CANDIDATES FOR 2020 ON THE INAUGURATION DAY
On July 9, 2019, 26 were named major party candidates in the 2020 presidential election, including 24 democrats and two republicans.
This is the age at which each of them would be on inauguration day 2021 if he or she would win:
- Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel: 90 years, 8 months, 9 days
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: 79 years, 4 months, 13 days
- Former vice president Joe Biden: 78 years, 2 months, 1 day
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R): 75 years, 5 months, 21 days
- President Donald Trump (R): 74 years, 7 months, 7 days
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 71 years, 6 months, 30 days
- Washington Government Jay Inslee: 69 years, 11 months, 12 days
- Former Government of Colorado, John Hickenlooper: 68 years, 11 months, 14 days
- Author Marianne Williamson: 68 years, 6 months, 13 days
- Billionaire activist Tom Steyer: 63 years, 6 months, 26 days
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 60 years, 7 months, 27 days
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: 59 years, 8 months, 14 days
- Maryland Rep. John Delaney: 57 years, 9 months, 5 days
- Senegal Kamala Harris, California: 56 years, 3 months, 1 day
- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet: 56 years, 1 month, 25 days
- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock: 54 years, 9 months, 11 days
- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 54 years, 1 month, 12 days
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker: 51 years, 8 months, 25 days
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O & # 39; Rourke: 48 years, 3 months, 26 days
- Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan: 47 years, 6 months, 5 days
- Miramar, mayor of Florida Wayne Messam: 46 years, 7 months, 14 days
- Former HUD secretary Julián Castro: 46 years, 4 months, 5 days
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang: 46 years, 8 days
- Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton: 42 years, 2 months, 28 days
- Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 39 years, 9 months, 9 days
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 39 years, 2 days
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