DETROIT – An expected showdown between the race’s two leading progressive candidates instead quickly turned into a battle with Massachusetts Sen. and Vermont Sen. facing a host of lesser-known moderate candidates desperate to continue their low-polling campaigns.
’s moderators quickly set up clashes between Warren and Sanders and lower-tier moderates including former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on contentious topics including immigration and “Medicare for All.”
The moderate candidates ― none of whom is on track to qualify for the third round of presidential debates in September ― hammered some of Warren’s and Sanders’ signature proposals as unrealistic and politically unwise, while Sanders and Warren argued they