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Joe Biden shuts down Fox News reporter’s ‘gotcha’ question on Obama non-endorsement

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Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden explained to a scrum of reporters waiting for him in Delaware why he had specifically asked President Barack Obama not to endorse his candidacy.

“If you’re the best choice for the Democrats in 2020, why didn’t President Obama endorse you?” asked Fox News’ Peter Doocy, obviously going for the “gotcha” question. But Biden was prepared, and knocked Doocy for a loop.

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“I asked President Obama not to endorse me,” Biden said. “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”

“Welcome to Delaware,” he added, turning away dismissively before Doocy could continue.

“You and your message made this about the debate about President Trump,” said an unidentified CBS reporter. “You’re going to have to get through the Democratic primary first, why are you the best choice?”

“That will be for the Democrats to decide,” Biden said, as he turned and walked away.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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US Democratic rivals trade pre-debate shots as Bloomberg faces major test

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Sparring between Mike Bloomberg and the leading Democratic candidates erupted hours before Wednesday night’s debate, previewing what’s expected to be a tense night as the billionaire businessman meets his rivals onstage for the first time.

Both Bernie Sanders’ and Joe Biden’s campaigns took aim at Bloomberg, the former raising questions about the 78-year-old’s health and the latter pointing out reversals in Bloomberg’s stances on key issues.

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Will Wednesday’s debate finally prove that Bloomberg is not Batman?

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After months of highly repetitive Democratic primary debates that, with pointless inevitability, turn into tedious squabbles over different health care plans that will never actually be passed in their proposed forms, there's finally going to be some real tension going into a debate again. That's because information billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is expected to show up tonight in Las Vegas, having purchased his way into the debate by infusing the airwaves and our very bloodstreams with a series of ads that are as inspiring as Bloomberg the man is not.

This article was originally published at Salon

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