\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003cp>A white nationalist killed 22 people and wounded about two dozen others in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Following the violence, O'Rourke stepped away from the campaign trail for nearly two weeks to spend time supporting the community.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden started the exchange by calling O'Rourke by his first name, which O'Rourke accepted with a smile.\u003c/p> \u003cp>California Sen. Kamala Harris also said, \"Beto, God love you for standing so courageously in the face of that tragedy.\"\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174327940.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697147\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden is seen on television screens inside the media workroom during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>8:10 p.m. - Biden says no one should be jailed for drug problems\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Former Vice President Joe Biden says \"nobody should be in jail\" for nonviolent crimes or for drug problems.\u003c/p> \u003cp>At the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday, Biden is touting his criminal justice reform plan, which would exonerate drug possession offenders and put drug rehabilitation ahead of jail time for such offenders.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden is also touting his role in the 1994 crime bill, often used as a strike against him by his rivals, for its introduction of drug courts aimed specifically at minor drug offenses.\u003c/p> \u003cp>And when the debate turned to mass shootings, Biden said he defeated the National Rifle Association by leading the 25-year-old crime bill's ban on assault weapons.\u003c/p> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167635425.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697148\"/>\u003cfigcaption>Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts and 2020 presidential candidate, and Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and 2020 presidential candidate, stand on stage during the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Joe Biden invoked the legacy of former president Barack Obama in arguing the expansive healthcare proposals from Warren and Bernie Sanders would be too costly for the nation. Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images\u003c/figcaption>\u003cdiv class=\"image-credit\">Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images\u003c/div>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>8:05 p.m. - Trump says more people probably watching his speech than debate\u003c/h3> \u003cp>President Donald Trump says more people are probably tuning into his speech in Baltimore than are watching Democratic presidential hopefuls on the debate stage in Texas.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Trump spoke Thursday to congressional Republicans attending an annual retreat in Baltimore.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Trump said people \"should be watching the debate, but they're probably watching this.\" His speech was aired on CSPAN, while ABC aired the debate.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The joke drew chuckles from the friendly audience of GOP members of the House.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The candidates in Texas have mentioned him frequently, including on issues of racism and shootings. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke called Trump \"a mortal threat\" to people of color in the United States and accused him of inspiring the actions of the El Paso gunman who killed 22 people.\u003c/p> \u003cp>___\u003c/p> \u003ch3>8:05 p.m. - Harris defends criminal justice record\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Kamala Harris is vocally defending her criminal justice record during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The California senator has taken flak since beginning her campaign for what some activists have described as an insufficiently progressive record during her prosecutorial career, culminating with service as the state's attorney general. But Harris has since rolled out a detailed criminal justice reform proposal, including the elimination of federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders — a policy blamed for increasing mass incarceration.\u003c/p> "},"children":[]},{"name":"core-embed","config":{"content":"\n\u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-embed-twitter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter\">\u003cdiv class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n\u003cblockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-width=\"500\" data-dnt=\"true\">\u003cp lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">I've seen more autopsy photographs than I care to tell you. \u003cbr>I've attended more police officer funerals than I care to tell you. \u003cbr>I've hugged more mothers of homicide victims than I care to tell you. \u003cbr>\u003cbr>I won't wait for Congress to have the courage to act. \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DemDebate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#DemDebate\u003c/a> \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/xrfYEZfatA\">pic.twitter.com/xrfYEZfatA\u003c/a>\u003c/p>— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1172318703293067265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 13, 2019\u003c/a>\u003cscript async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\">\u003c/script>\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003cp>Harris said on Thursday that, as she became a prosecutor, \"I made a decision that if I was going to have the ability to reform the system, I would try to reform it from the inside.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>She said she was \"absolutely not\" able to do enough at the time.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174327117.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697136\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg interact during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>8 p.m. - Candidates outline plans to address racism\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Democratic presidential candidates are outlining their plans to address racism in the nation and attacking President Donald Trump as they do so.\u003c/p> \u003cp>At Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, Beto O'Rourke called Trump \"a mortal threat\" to people of color in this country as he calls on Congress to pass a bill giving reparations to the descendants of slaves.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Julián Castro says white supremacy \"is a growing threat to this country,\" and he adds, \"we have to root it out.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Cory Booker says the nation must have the \"courage\" to call out systemic racism in the nation.\u003c/p> \u003cp>And Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says the nation's issues of systemic racism \" preceded this president, and even when we defeat him, it will be with us.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>The Democratic primary debate is being held at Texas Southern University, a historically black university.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174324514.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697132\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) looks on during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003ch3>7:55 p.m. - Some candidates call on rivals to stop attacking one another\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Some Democratic presidential candidates have called on their rivals to stop attacking one another as the debate over health care grew heated.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Ten candidates are meeting Thursday in Houston for the third presidential primary debate.\u003c/p> "},"children":[]},{"name":"core-embed","config":{"content":"\n\u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-embed-twitter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter\">\u003cdiv class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n\u003cblockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-width=\"500\" data-dnt=\"true\">\u003cp lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">We keep sending politicians to Washington hoping they’ll fight for us, but when they get there, they seem more interested in the fighting part than the us part. We urgently need a new approach. \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DemDebate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#DemDebate\u003c/a> \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/IeMfKgEH7c\">pic.twitter.com/IeMfKgEH7c\u003c/a>\u003c/p>— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/PeteButtigieg/status/1172319170983165958?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 13, 2019\u003c/a>\u003cscript async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\">\u003c/script>\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003cp>The night kicked off with sometimes-fiery exchanges about \"Medicare for All,\" the health care overhaul backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and some other candidates.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Former Vice President Joe Biden says it's too expensive. He wants to build on \"Obamacare\" to expand coverage to those who want it.\u003c/p> \u003cp>As former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said moments earlier, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) interjected, saying, \"This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed, saying, \"A house divided cannot stand.\"\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/castro.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697131\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) interact during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:50 p.m. - Castro accuses Biden of fumbling comments\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Former Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of fumbling comments on his own health care reform plan.\u003c/p> \u003cp>During Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Castro said Biden was \"forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago\" when he claimed that 10 million people would not be left in a coverage gap under his health care reforms but would be automatically enrolled.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Castro also said fact checks after a debate earlier this summer showed Biden's plan would leave out 3% of Americans, or about 10 million people.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Castro says President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act vision \"was not to leave 10 million people uncovered.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>In July's presidential debates, Castro criticized Biden for his role in immigration deportations under the Obama administration.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174323989.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697122\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:45 p.m. - Biden and Sanders sharply battle over Medicare for All\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are sharply battling over \"Medicare for All\" at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The former vice president is accusing Sanders of being less than candid about \"how much it's going to cost the taxpayers\" to shift the nation to single-payer health insurance, particularly union members who made concessions to obtain better health insurance under the current system.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden says, \"For a socialist, you've got a lot more confidence in corporate America than I do.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>When Sanders pushed back, invoking cancer treatment, Biden replied that \"I know a lot about cancer — it's personal to me.\" Biden's son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.\u003c/p> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174325540.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697118\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) debate on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:40 p.m. - Biden targets Warren\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Former Vice President Joe Biden is suggesting his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren is not being candid about the costs of her plan for the federal government to provide health care to all Americans.\u003c/p> \u003cp>He said Thursday at the third Democratic debate that \"This is about candor, honesty,\" suggesting Warren's plan to increase income taxes on wealthier Americans by 2% falls far short of the estimated $30 billion the plan would cost.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden says it's not a bad idea if you like it. But he says, \"I don't like it.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Warren is responding by saying people will pay premiums to the government instead of to health insurance companies, adding, \"I've never actually met anyone who likes their insurance company.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174325538.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697119\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) debate on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:35 p.m. - Affordable Care Act vs. Medicare for All\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Joe Biden is evoking former President Barack Obama and his signature policy achievement as a contrast to rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden said Thursday during the third Democratic debate: \"I know the senator says she's for Bernie. Well, I'm for Barack.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden is committing to building on the Affordable Care Act with a public option, while both Warren and Sanders have championed the farther-reaching \"Medicare for All\" policy goal.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Warren says \"We all owe a huge debt to President Obama\" because he \"fundamentally transformed health care in America.\" The Massachusetts senator, like Sanders, believes Medicare for All is the better way to move forward.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174323941.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697111\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:25 p.m. - O'Rourke says El Paso shooter was \"inspired\" by Trump\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke claims the perpetrator of last month's mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, was \"inspired to kill by our president.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>O'Rourke made the comment during his opening statement in the Democratic debate Thursday.\u003c/p> "},"children":[]},{"name":"core-embed","config":{"content":"\n\u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-embed-twitter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter\">\u003cdiv class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n\u003cblockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-width=\"500\" data-dnt=\"true\">\u003cp lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">The shooter in El Paso was inspired by our president—and used a weapon he never should have been able to purchase in our country. \u003cbr>\u003cbr>The only way we will meet this challenge is if we see this threat clearly, speak honestly, and act decisively. \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/SmwqN4fVWs\">pic.twitter.com/SmwqN4fVWs\u003c/a>\u003c/p>— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1172304591913807872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 13, 2019\u003c/a>\u003cscript async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\">\u003c/script>\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003cp>Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh replied on Twitter that O'Rourke is \"as desperate as he can be.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>The shooter killed 22 people, many of them Latino, at a Walmart store on Aug. 3 and is believed to have written a manifesto expressing racist and anti-immigrant sentiments. The author of the manifesto insisted his opinions \"predate Trump and his campaign for president.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>But the words echoed some of the views Trump has expressed on immigration, Democrats and the media.\u003c/p> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174321623.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697102\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former tech executive Andrew Yang is introduced before the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003ch3>7:10 p.m. - Andrew Yang announces giveaway\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Businessman Andrew Yang is announcing plans to give away $1,000 a month to 10 families over the next year as part of his effort to prove the efficacy of his universal basic income campaign proposal.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Yang said during Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate that he will randomly choose 10 families to receive $12,000 over the next year that will come from his campaign funds. If elected president, Yang has proposed what he calls a \"Freedom Dividend,\" which would give every citizen 18 and older $1,000 each month, something Yang says would address poverty and help Americans cover basic needs.\u003c/p> \u003cp>He has already started distributing funds to two families in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as another family in Florida that was selected via Twitter.\u003c/p> "},"children":[]},{"name":"core-embed","config":{"content":"\n\u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-embed-twitter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter\">\u003cdiv class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n\u003cblockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-width=\"500\" data-dnt=\"true\">\u003cp lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">The secret’s out! Have you entered to win our \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/1kGiveaway?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#1kGiveaway\u003c/a>? Visit \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/CfP07EKyAq\">https://t.co/CfP07EKyAq\u003c/a> now! \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/SWzo6Kxz2Q\">pic.twitter.com/SWzo6Kxz2Q\u003c/a>\u003c/p>— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1172301514800545792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 13, 2019\u003c/a>\u003cscript async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\">\u003c/script>\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174320762-1.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697101\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Debate moderators David Muir of ABC News, Jorge Ramos of Univision, Linsey Davis of ABC News, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News appear on stage before the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>7:05 p.m. - Harris' message for Trump\u003c/h3> "},"children":[]},{"name":"core-embed","config":{"content":"\n\u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-embed-twitter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter\">\u003cdiv class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n\u003cblockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-width=\"500\" data-dnt=\"true\">\u003cp lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">And now, \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@realDonaldTrump\u003c/a>, you can go back to watching Fox News. \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DemDebate?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#DemDebate\u003c/a> \u003ca href=\"https://t.co/GhpQnrh0B2\">pic.twitter.com/GhpQnrh0B2\u003c/a>\u003c/p>— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) \u003ca href=\"https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1172304825909776385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">September 13, 2019\u003c/a>\u003cscript async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\">\u003c/script>\u003c/blockquote>\n\n\u003c/div>\u003c/figure>\n","oembed":true,"provider":"twitter","rich":true},"children":[]},{"name":"html","config":{"content":" \u003ch3>7 p.m. - Debate kicks off \u003c/h3> \u003cp>The third debate of the Democratic presidential primary is underway with the top candidates sharing the debate stage for the first time.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Ten hopefuls are meeting Thursday in Houston. Former Vice President Joe Biden is at center stage along with two of his closest rivals, progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The three have not been on stage together during previous debates, which were split over two nights. Tougher requirements to qualify for the debate stage winnowed the number of candidates this time, resulting in a one-night debate.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Also debating are Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and businessman Andrew Yang.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1174315015.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697104\"/>\u003cfigcaption>HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: The audience is seated as they await the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)\u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003ch3>5:20 p.m. - Trump weighs in \u003c/h3> \u003cp>President Donald Trump is weighing in on the Democratic primary field hours before his would-be opponents face off on the debate stage in Houston.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Trump said Thursday that he thinks he'll face former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Sen. Bernie Sanders next year. He says, \"It's going to be one of those three.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Trump says he's going to catch up on the Democratic debate once he returns from Baltimore, where he is traveling to address congressional Republicans on Thursday evening.\u003c/p> \u003cp>He says, \"It's going to be very interesting. I'm going to have to watch it as a rerun.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>___\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167541419.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697072\"/>\u003cfigcaption>A protester stands beside a banner that reads \"Impeach\" on an overpass near Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate to be held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) \u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>4:30 p.m. - Harris seeks to find her lane\u003c/h3> \u003cp>\u003ca href=\"https://fortune.com/2019/09/12/kamala-harris-debate-tonight/\">Kamala Harris will seek to affirmatively define\u003c/a> her lane in the Democratic presidential primary at the Thursday debate in Houston, an adviser said hours before it began.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The adviser, who discussed strategy on condition of anonymity, said Harris plans to set herself apart from her main rivals by suggesting she’s a unifier but one who doesn’t long for the past or engage in divisive ideological battles.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The preview is a tacit acknowledgment of one of Harris’s struggles. After a strong first debate late June, the California Democrat has \u003ca rel=\"noreferrer noopener\" href=\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-03/why-kamala-harris-hasn-t-caught-fire-in-the-democratic-2020-race\" target=\"_blank\">had a rough summer\u003c/a> and fallen to a distant fourth place in the polls amid questions about what her political philosophy is. She has sought to court ultra-progressive voters as well as moderates in the primary.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167512368-1.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697071\"/>\u003cfigcaption>ABC NEWS - 9/1/19 - Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir, ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos moderate the Democratic debate from Texas Southern Universitys Health & PE Center in Houston, TX on Thursday, September 12 on ABC and Univision (8-11 ET). (Photo by Brett Oronzio/Walt \u003ca href=\"/fortune500/2018/disney/\" target=\"_blank\">Disney\u003c/a> Television via Getty Images) \u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003cp>\u003c/p> \u003ch3>12:18 p.m. - Warren asks \u003ca href=\"/fortune500/amazon-com/\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon\u003c/a> to drop contractors \u003c/h3> \u003cp>Elizabeth Warren is calling out Amazon.com Inc. for “ignoring labor laws and fostering work conditions that are detrimental to the safety and basic humanity of its workers.”\u003cbr>The presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator on Thursday demanded that Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos drop contractors that violate labor laws and enforce safety standards to protect delivery drivers and the general public.\u003c/p> \u003cp>“Amazon’s pursuit of larger profit margins, increasingly unsustainable delivery expectations, and methods to avoid regulatory and legal oversight are alarming,” Warren said in a letter co-signed by Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Sherrod Brown. The letter cited news reports, including a joint investigation by ProPublica and New York Times, that said Amazon contractors were involved in more than 60 accidents since June 2015, causing multiple deaths.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Warren asked Bezos to respond with details on Amazon’s policy on third-party drivers as well as whether the e-commerce giant has tried to thwart creation of a union. Warren last year, along with Bernie Sanders, criticized Bezos after reports of anti-union efforts at the company’s \u003ca href=\"https://fortune.com/fortune500/whole-foods-market-181/\" target=\"_blank\">Whole Foods\u003c/a> chain.\u003c/p> \u003cp>“Amazon is proud of our strong safety and labor compliance record across our transportation network of employees and contractors, and we continue to drive improvements that benefit our transportation providers, our customers and the public,” Amazon said in a statement. \u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167512366.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697070\"/>\u003cfigcaption>ABC NEWS - 9/12/19 - Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir, ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos moderate the Democratic debate from Texas Southern Universitys Health & PE Center in Houston, TX on Thursday, September 12 on ABC and Univision (8-11 ET). (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) \u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>11:50 a.m. - Biden appears in digital ad\u003c/h3> \u003cp>Just hours before Thursday night's debate in Houston, \u003ca href=\"https://fortune.com/2019/09/12/warren-biden-debate-issues/\">former Vice President Joe Biden\u003c/a> went up with a digital ad aimed at deflecting criticism of President Barack Obama's administration.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Biden is shown saying in footage from a campaign event that Obama \"was a president our children could and did look up to.\" Biden says he was \"proud to serve as his vice president, but never more proud than the day we passed health care.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>Other Obama administration accomplishments appear on-screen, including \"protected dreamers\" and \"led on marriage equality.\"\u003c/p> \u003cp>After a debate earlier this summer in Detroit, Biden said he was \"a little surprised\" at the flak he took from fellow Democrats about Obama's legacy, pushing back against criticism of the Affordable Care Act and Obama-era immigration policy.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Some Democrats in early voting states like South Carolina, which holds the first primary vote in the South next year, have listed Biden's proximity to Obama as among their top reasons for supporting him.\u003c/p> \u003cp>__\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167571139.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697069\"/>\u003cfigcaption>Seats are arranged for candidates in the Spin Room in the Media Center at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of tonight's third 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) \u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>8:36 a.m. - Top contenders will be on one stage\u003c/h3> \u003cp>The top Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday in Houston as Joe Biden tries to solidify his early lead over Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.\u003c/p> \u003cp>Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg will look to reclaim some lost momentum.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The ABC News debate has 10 candidates altogether and will air on a broadcast network with a post-Labor Day uptick in interest in the race. That could give candidates their largest audience yet as the campaigning heads into the fall.\u003c/p> \u003cp>It's also the first time Warren and Biden will appear on the same stage.\u003c/p> \u003cp>But the campaigns say that doesn't necessarily mean the three-hour debate will end up being a direct clash between the progressive Massachusetts senator and the more centrist former vice president.\u003c/p> \u003cfigure class=\"wp-block-image\">\u003cimg src=\"https://content.fortune.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/GettyImages-1167541313.jpg?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-2697068\"/>\u003cfigcaption>A sign points to the Spin Room in the Media Center at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of tonight's 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate to be held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) \u003c/figcaption>\u003c/figure> \u003ch3>8:13 a.m. - Trump Tries to Upstage Debate With Banner, Ads \u003c/h3> \u003cp>Donald Trump is making sure he gets his say in Houston on Thursday.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The president’s re-election campaign plans to deploy an aerial banner and full page ads in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News ahead of the third Democratic primary debate at Texas Southern University.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The ads will contrast Democrats’ “disastrous plans for America with President Trump’s clear record of accomplishments,” according to a campaign release.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The newspaper ads take on some of the Democrats’ positions on private health insurance, the fossil fuel industry, and regulation.\u003c/p> \u003cp>The 4,800 square feet air-banner will read: “SOCIALISM WILL KILL HOUSTON’S ECONOMY! 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Highlights From the Third Democratic Debate

The third Democratic presidential debate took place Thursday, Sept. 12. Here are the highlights from Houston.

All times local.

9:55 p.m. - Biden took on the most fire during debate

Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new generation.

Castro also seemed to allude to speculation about the 76-year-old Biden's mental acuity during an exchange about health care. When Biden denied that his health plan required people to buy into Medicare, Castro exclaimed, "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?"

Sen. Bernie Sanders faced sharp criticism about his universal health care plan from several candidates, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren was more in the background than in prior debates but didn't damage herself.

The likely result is little change in a primary that has been remarkably static for months.

Democratic presidential hopefuls California Senator Kamala Harris and Former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke share a laugh during a break in the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

9:30 p.m. - Candidates discuss plans for fixing U.S. education

Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang says he supports a mix of options, including charter schools, in trying to fix the nation's education system.

The former tech entrepreneur said at Thursday night's debate that he is "pro-good school." Yang also said that his proposed "Freedom Dividend" would help lower-income families support their children's educational needs while alleviating teachers already overburdened because many are going beyond classroom instruction, compensating for support some students aren't getting at home.

Several candidates, including Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj), Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, advocated for raising teacher salaries — something Cory Booker noted that "we actually did it" as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Both Warren and Bernie Sanders promoted student debt cancellation plans. Harris, a graduate of a historically black university or college, noted her proposal to put $2 billion toward the institutions' teacher training programs, drawing applause from the audience at Texas Southern University, a Houston HBCU.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden interact during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

9:20 p.m. - Sanders refuses to call Maduro a dictator

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is again refusing to call Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a "dictator," calling him instead "a vicious tyrant" at Thursday night's Democratic primary debate.

Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, is also calling a question from the moderator asking him to contrast his vision of socialism with Maduro's government "deeply unfair. He says he supports Canada's and Scandinavia's policies of universal health care and offering paid family leave and a living wage, as well as wresting control over major institutions from a small number of wealthy Americans.

Maduro's 2018 reelection has been disputed, and the United States has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. His leadership has seen the country fall into economic and political upheaval, with residents facing food shortages and the Venezuelan currency losing value.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

9:15 p.m. - Buttigieg slams Trump treating 'troops as props'

The only combat veteran on the Democratic presidential debate stage in Houston is reminding the audience that many new military inductees were newborns when the U.S. was attacked 18 years ago.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's comments on Thursday came the day after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The debate was an opportunity for him to bring up his proposal to seek an authorization for the use of military force with a built-in three-year sunset that Congress would be required to renew.

Buttigieg says, "We have got to put an end to endless war."

Buttigieg also says that President Donald Trump treats "troops as props, or worse, tools for his own enrichment." That final dig is an allusion to the Trump administration's rerouting of U.S. military personnel to overnight stays at his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (L) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (R) look on as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks (C) during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

8:45 p.m. - Buttigieg jabs Trump over trade war with China

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says President Donald Trump "clearly has no strategy" in his trade war with China.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor and other candidates were asked during Thursday's debate in Houston about the tariffs Trump has imposed on China. The country has retaliated with tariffs that have hit U.S. farmers and some other industries hard.

Trump has scoffed at Buttigieg's candidacy, often saying he'd like to see the 37-year-old make a deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

Buttigieg says, "I'd like to see him make a deal with Xi Jinping." He says, "Wasn't that supposed to happen in, like, April?"

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar also was critical of Trump, saying he's treating farmers and workers "like poker chips in one of his bankrupt casinos."

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Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2020 presidential candidate, waves while arriving on stage during the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Joe Biden invoked the legacy of former president Barack Obama in arguing the expansive healthcare proposals from Elizabeth Warren and Sanders would be too costly for the nation. Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

8:35 p.m. - Several candidates say they would loosen Trump immigration restrictions

Several of the Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination say they would loosen restrictions on immigration put into place under the Trump administration.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said at Thursday's debate that she would expand pathways to citizenship, blaming current problems on the United States' withdrawal of aid to Central America. She says "a crisis that Donald Trump has created and hopes to profit from politically."

Former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang noted his status as the son of immigrants and called immigration "positive for our economic and social dynamism" and pledged to return immigration levels to those of the Obama administration.

Asked if President Donald Trump's supporters are racist, given the president's references to Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said, "Anyone who supports this is supporting racism."

Democratic presidential hopefuls (From L) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, US Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren participate in the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

8:25 p.m. - Biden: 'I stand with Barack Obama all 8 years'

Former Vice President Joe Biden is dismissing questions about the Obama administration's record of deportations by touting the former Democratic president's effort to open doors to immigrants.

Instead of answering whether the deportations were a mistake, Biden noted Thursday during the Democratic presidential debate Obama's support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a path to citizenship for people in the country illegally.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro pounced on Biden, accusing him of standing by Obama when it suits him but sidestepping the administration's blemishes.

Castro says, "He wants to take credit for Obama's work, but doesn't want to answer any questions."

Biden shot back angrily, "I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good, bad, indifferent."

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) speaks to Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg as he drinks water during a break in the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

8:20 p.m. - Will O'Rourke mandate gun buybacks? 'Hell yes'

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke says "hell yes" he will institute mandatory buybacks for some machine guns if elected president.

In one of the biggest applause lines of the Thursday night presidential debate, O'Rourke described in vivid detail how bullets shot by semi-automatic rifles are designed to "shred everything inside your body."

He said that if a gun is meant to "kill people on a battlefield ... hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47s." While O'Rourke supports mandatory gun buybacks, other candidates believe such a program should be voluntary.

O'Rourke left the campaign trail last month to return to his hometown of El Paso after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart there, killing 22 people. He has sought to revitalize a flagging campaign by focusing on his gun violence plan.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

8:15 p.m. - Candidates praise O'Rourke

Several of Beto O'Rourke's fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls are praising him for the support he showed for residents of his hometown following a massacre there last month.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday on the debate stage that how the former Texas congressman "handled what happened in his hometown is meaningful," a line that drew applause from the Houston crowd.

A white nationalist killed 22 people and wounded about two dozen others in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Following the violence, O'Rourke stepped away from the campaign trail for nearly two weeks to spend time supporting the community.

Biden started the exchange by calling O'Rourke by his first name, which O'Rourke accepted with a smile.

California Sen. Kamala Harris also said, "Beto, God love you for standing so courageously in the face of that tragedy."

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden is seen on television screens inside the media workroom during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

8:10 p.m. - Biden says no one should be jailed for drug problems

Former Vice President Joe Biden says "nobody should be in jail" for nonviolent crimes or for drug problems.

At the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday, Biden is touting his criminal justice reform plan, which would exonerate drug possession offenders and put drug rehabilitation ahead of jail time for such offenders.

Biden is also touting his role in the 1994 crime bill, often used as a strike against him by his rivals, for its introduction of drug courts aimed specifically at minor drug offenses.

And when the debate turned to mass shootings, Biden said he defeated the National Rifle Association by leading the 25-year-old crime bill's ban on assault weapons.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts and 2020 presidential candidate, and Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and 2020 presidential candidate, stand on stage during the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Joe Biden invoked the legacy of former president Barack Obama in arguing the expansive healthcare proposals from Warren and Bernie Sanders would be too costly for the nation. Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

8:05 p.m. - Trump says more people probably watching his speech than debate

President Donald Trump says more people are probably tuning into his speech in Baltimore than are watching Democratic presidential hopefuls on the debate stage in Texas.

Trump spoke Thursday to congressional Republicans attending an annual retreat in Baltimore.

Trump said people "should be watching the debate, but they're probably watching this." His speech was aired on CSPAN, while ABC aired the debate.

The joke drew chuckles from the friendly audience of GOP members of the House.

The candidates in Texas have mentioned him frequently, including on issues of racism and shootings. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke called Trump "a mortal threat" to people of color in the United States and accused him of inspiring the actions of the El Paso gunman who killed 22 people.

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8:05 p.m. - Harris defends criminal justice record

Kamala Harris is vocally defending her criminal justice record during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston.

The California senator has taken flak since beginning her campaign for what some activists have described as an insufficiently progressive record during her prosecutorial career, culminating with service as the state's attorney general. But Harris has since rolled out a detailed criminal justice reform proposal, including the elimination of federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders — a policy blamed for increasing mass incarceration.

Harris said on Thursday that, as she became a prosecutor, "I made a decision that if I was going to have the ability to reform the system, I would try to reform it from the inside."

She said she was "absolutely not" able to do enough at the time.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg interact during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

8 p.m. - Candidates outline plans to address racism

Democratic presidential candidates are outlining their plans to address racism in the nation and attacking President Donald Trump as they do so.

At Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, Beto O'Rourke called Trump "a mortal threat" to people of color in this country as he calls on Congress to pass a bill giving reparations to the descendants of slaves.

Julián Castro says white supremacy "is a growing threat to this country," and he adds, "we have to root it out."

Cory Booker says the nation must have the "courage" to call out systemic racism in the nation.

And Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says the nation's issues of systemic racism " preceded this president, and even when we defeat him, it will be with us."

The Democratic primary debate is being held at Texas Southern University, a historically black university.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) looks on during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:55 p.m. - Some candidates call on rivals to stop attacking one another

Some Democratic presidential candidates have called on their rivals to stop attacking one another as the debate over health care grew heated.

Ten candidates are meeting Thursday in Houston for the third presidential primary debate.

The night kicked off with sometimes-fiery exchanges about "Medicare for All," the health care overhaul backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and some other candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden says it's too expensive. He wants to build on "Obamacare" to expand coverage to those who want it.

As former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro accused Biden of forgetting what he said moments earlier, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) interjected, saying, "This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed, saying, "A house divided cannot stand."

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidates South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) interact during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:50 p.m. - Castro accuses Biden of fumbling comments

Former Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of fumbling comments on his own health care reform plan.

During Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Castro said Biden was "forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago" when he claimed that 10 million people would not be left in a coverage gap under his health care reforms but would be automatically enrolled.

Castro also said fact checks after a debate earlier this summer showed Biden's plan would leave out 3% of Americans, or about 10 million people.

Castro says President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act vision "was not to leave 10 million people uncovered."

In July's presidential debates, Castro criticized Biden for his role in immigration deportations under the Obama administration.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:45 p.m. - Biden and Sanders sharply battle over Medicare for All

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are sharply battling over "Medicare for All" at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Houston.

The former vice president is accusing Sanders of being less than candid about "how much it's going to cost the taxpayers" to shift the nation to single-payer health insurance, particularly union members who made concessions to obtain better health insurance under the current system.

Biden says, "For a socialist, you've got a lot more confidence in corporate America than I do."

When Sanders pushed back, invoking cancer treatment, Biden replied that "I know a lot about cancer — it's personal to me." Biden's son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) debate on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:40 p.m. - Biden targets Warren

Former Vice President Joe Biden is suggesting his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren is not being candid about the costs of her plan for the federal government to provide health care to all Americans.

He said Thursday at the third Democratic debate that "This is about candor, honesty," suggesting Warren's plan to increase income taxes on wealthier Americans by 2% falls far short of the estimated $30 billion the plan would cost.

Biden says it's not a bad idea if you like it. But he says, "I don't like it."

Warren is responding by saying people will pay premiums to the government instead of to health insurance companies, adding, "I've never actually met anyone who likes their insurance company."

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) debate on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:35 p.m. - Affordable Care Act vs. Medicare for All

Joe Biden is evoking former President Barack Obama and his signature policy achievement as a contrast to rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Biden said Thursday during the third Democratic debate: "I know the senator says she's for Bernie. Well, I'm for Barack."

Biden is committing to building on the Affordable Care Act with a public option, while both Warren and Sanders have championed the farther-reaching "Medicare for All" policy goal.

Warren says "We all owe a huge debt to President Obama" because he "fundamentally transformed health care in America." The Massachusetts senator, like Sanders, believes Medicare for All is the better way to move forward.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:25 p.m. - O'Rourke says El Paso shooter was "inspired" by Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke claims the perpetrator of last month's mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, was "inspired to kill by our president."

O'Rourke made the comment during his opening statement in the Democratic debate Thursday.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh replied on Twitter that O'Rourke is "as desperate as he can be."

The shooter killed 22 people, many of them Latino, at a Walmart store on Aug. 3 and is believed to have written a manifesto expressing racist and anti-immigrant sentiments. The author of the manifesto insisted his opinions "predate Trump and his campaign for president."

But the words echoed some of the views Trump has expressed on immigration, Democrats and the media.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former tech executive Andrew Yang is introduced before the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

7:10 p.m. - Andrew Yang announces giveaway

Businessman Andrew Yang is announcing plans to give away $1,000 a month to 10 families over the next year as part of his effort to prove the efficacy of his universal basic income campaign proposal.

Yang said during Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate that he will randomly choose 10 families to receive $12,000 over the next year that will come from his campaign funds. If elected president, Yang has proposed what he calls a "Freedom Dividend," which would give every citizen 18 and older $1,000 each month, something Yang says would address poverty and help Americans cover basic needs.

He has already started distributing funds to two families in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as another family in Florida that was selected via Twitter.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Debate moderators David Muir of ABC News, Jorge Ramos of Univision, Linsey Davis of ABC News, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News appear on stage before the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

7:05 p.m. - Harris' message for Trump

7 p.m. - Debate kicks off

The third debate of the Democratic presidential primary is underway with the top candidates sharing the debate stage for the first time.

Ten hopefuls are meeting Thursday in Houston. Former Vice President Joe Biden is at center stage along with two of his closest rivals, progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

The three have not been on stage together during previous debates, which were split over two nights. Tougher requirements to qualify for the debate stage winnowed the number of candidates this time, resulting in a one-night debate.

Also debating are Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and businessman Andrew Yang.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: The audience is seated as they await the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

5:20 p.m. - Trump weighs in

President Donald Trump is weighing in on the Democratic primary field hours before his would-be opponents face off on the debate stage in Houston.

Trump said Thursday that he thinks he'll face former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Sen. Bernie Sanders next year. He says, "It's going to be one of those three."

Trump says he's going to catch up on the Democratic debate once he returns from Baltimore, where he is traveling to address congressional Republicans on Thursday evening.

He says, "It's going to be very interesting. I'm going to have to watch it as a rerun."

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A protester stands beside a banner that reads "Impeach" on an overpass near Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate to be held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

4:30 p.m. - Harris seeks to find her lane

Kamala Harris will seek to affirmatively define her lane in the Democratic presidential primary at the Thursday debate in Houston, an adviser said hours before it began.

The adviser, who discussed strategy on condition of anonymity, said Harris plans to set herself apart from her main rivals by suggesting she’s a unifier but one who doesn’t long for the past or engage in divisive ideological battles.

The preview is a tacit acknowledgment of one of Harris’s struggles. After a strong first debate late June, the California Democrat has had a rough summer and fallen to a distant fourth place in the polls amid questions about what her political philosophy is. She has sought to court ultra-progressive voters as well as moderates in the primary.

ABC NEWS - 9/1/19 - Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir, ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos moderate the Democratic debate from Texas Southern Universitys Health & PE Center in Houston, TX on Thursday, September 12 on ABC and Univision (8-11 ET). (Photo by Brett Oronzio/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

12:18 p.m. - Warren asks Amazon to drop contractors

Elizabeth Warren is calling out Amazon.com Inc. for “ignoring labor laws and fostering work conditions that are detrimental to the safety and basic humanity of its workers.”
The presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator on Thursday demanded that Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos drop contractors that violate labor laws and enforce safety standards to protect delivery drivers and the general public.

“Amazon’s pursuit of larger profit margins, increasingly unsustainable delivery expectations, and methods to avoid regulatory and legal oversight are alarming,” Warren said in a letter co-signed by Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Sherrod Brown. The letter cited news reports, including a joint investigation by ProPublica and New York Times, that said Amazon contractors were involved in more than 60 accidents since June 2015, causing multiple deaths.

Warren asked Bezos to respond with details on Amazon’s policy on third-party drivers as well as whether the e-commerce giant has tried to thwart creation of a union. Warren last year, along with Bernie Sanders, criticized Bezos after reports of anti-union efforts at the company’s Whole Foods chain.

“Amazon is proud of our strong safety and labor compliance record across our transportation network of employees and contractors, and we continue to drive improvements that benefit our transportation providers, our customers and the public,” Amazon said in a statement.

ABC NEWS - 9/12/19 - Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir, ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos moderate the Democratic debate from Texas Southern Universitys Health & PE Center in Houston, TX on Thursday, September 12 on ABC and Univision (8-11 ET). (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

11:50 a.m. - Biden appears in digital ad

Just hours before Thursday night's debate in Houston, former Vice President Joe Biden went up with a digital ad aimed at deflecting criticism of President Barack Obama's administration.

Biden is shown saying in footage from a campaign event that Obama "was a president our children could and did look up to." Biden says he was "proud to serve as his vice president, but never more proud than the day we passed health care."

Other Obama administration accomplishments appear on-screen, including "protected dreamers" and "led on marriage equality."

After a debate earlier this summer in Detroit, Biden said he was "a little surprised" at the flak he took from fellow Democrats about Obama's legacy, pushing back against criticism of the Affordable Care Act and Obama-era immigration policy.

Some Democrats in early voting states like South Carolina, which holds the first primary vote in the South next year, have listed Biden's proximity to Obama as among their top reasons for supporting him.

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Seats are arranged for candidates in the Spin Room in the Media Center at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of tonight's third 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

8:36 a.m. - Top contenders will be on one stage

The top Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday in Houston as Joe Biden tries to solidify his early lead over Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg will look to reclaim some lost momentum.

The ABC News debate has 10 candidates altogether and will air on a broadcast network with a post-Labor Day uptick in interest in the race. That could give candidates their largest audience yet as the campaigning heads into the fall.

It's also the first time Warren and Biden will appear on the same stage.

But the campaigns say that doesn't necessarily mean the three-hour debate will end up being a direct clash between the progressive Massachusetts senator and the more centrist former vice president.

A sign points to the Spin Room in the Media Center at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019 ahead of tonight's 2020 Democratic Party Presidential debate to be held on campus. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

8:13 a.m. - Trump Tries to Upstage Debate With Banner, Ads

Donald Trump is making sure he gets his say in Houston on Thursday.

The president’s re-election campaign plans to deploy an aerial banner and full page ads in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News ahead of the third Democratic primary debate at Texas Southern University.

The ads will contrast Democrats’ “disastrous plans for America with President Trump’s clear record of accomplishments,” according to a campaign release.

The newspaper ads take on some of the Democrats’ positions on private health insurance, the fossil fuel industry, and regulation.

The 4,800 square feet air-banner will read: “SOCIALISM WILL KILL HOUSTON’S ECONOMY! VOTE TRUMP 2020.”

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