Just 10 candidates qualified for the stage in Houston, but that didn’t change
some recurring themes: Joe Biden was again the target of fierce scrutiny, and
health care was a central point of contention. But what else did we learn?
Guest: Alexander Burns
covers national politics for The New York Times.
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. Background reading:
* Attacks on Mr. Biden highlighted the divide over the Obama legacy, with the former vice president repeatedly invoking his old boss’s name
* Many Democrats hoped that defeating an unpopular, rampaging president would be relatively simple. But party officials are wary of some potential vulnerabilities that this debate re-emphasized
* Here are six takeaways
from the contest.