After a contentious first debate in which Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) attacked former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on racial desegregation, Biden jokingly attempted to call for a truce before the second debate Wednesday night.
“Go easy on me, kid,” Biden said to Harris as the two shook hands before the debate.
She did not go easy on him. And Harris’s press secretary didn’t seem to like Biden’s tone.
The debate kicked off with discussion about healthcare. Biden favors a plan that somewhat expands the Affordable Care Act. Harris wants to go further with a plan that provides a Medicare buy-in option with a 10-year transition into a Medicare for All plan. The two candidates went after each other aggressively debating their stances.
Biden challenged Harris, accusing her of “double-talk” in her plan in regard to the future of private health insurance and questioning why it would take 10 years to implement her plan, which would cost trillions and not come into play until after she was no longer president.
Biden has called Harris’s plan a “have-it-every-which-way approach” as she claims it can be accomplished without raising middle class taxes, and plays to both those who want government-sponsored healthcare and those who want to preserve private insurance.
Harris fired back that Biden’s Obamacare expansion plan could leave as many as 10 million Americans uninsured, while her plan would provide a way for everyone to be covered.
Biden, multiple times, kept coming back to the excessive and unrealistic cost of Harris’s plan, which Harris dismissed as a Republican talking point, something that several Democratic candidates have used when called into account for funding their policies.