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Rick Santorum goes down in flames trying to dismiss Democratic diversity as ‘identity politics’

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CNN’s Rick Santorum found himself on the wrong side of reporter Abby Phillip after he tried to dismiss the Democratic Party’s diverse group of candidates as “identity politics”.

The exchange occurred after former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart remarked that white men were dropping out of the race at a faster rate than people of color.

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“It’s interesting to me that Joe broke the race out the way he did — men, women, people of color and that those are the lanes,” Santorum piped up. “I think maybe increasingly the Democratic Party is an identity politics type of party, maybe it’s not political policies, maybe it’s all about skin color and race.”

“It could also be that the Democratic Party is running candidates who look like the country,” replied Phillip. “It should not be unusual that women and people of color are running for president when they comprise a large portion of the population in the United States. The anomaly is a party in which only white men run for president.”

“That wasn’t my point, Abby. Hold on,” said Santorum, shaking his head and talking over her. “That’s not my point.”

“My point is that the framing of the diversity in the Democratic Party is not solely about identity politics,” she persisted. “It’s just simply about the fact that in 2019 there are people who look like the voters they want to attract to vote for them running for president.”

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“They are not necessarily running just to represent black people or women or whatever,” she continued as Santorum sputtered. “They are running to represent people who they want to vote for the suggestion that it’s identity politics, that they are appealing to people because of race, I think that’s an overly simplistic way of looking at this.”

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CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship

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Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.

CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.

Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.

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Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.

At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.

Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."

"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.

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Tom Steyer slams corporate power: We’ve seen ‘a 40-year attack on the rights of working people’

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At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.

"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."

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