Contenders take on Joe Biden ahead of first debates

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The former vice president and Democratic polling leader unveiled some of his immigration priorities on Monday in a newspaper op-ed that blisters President Donald Trump for an "assault on the dignity" of the Latino community through policies and rhetoric created to "scare voters" in 2020.

Missouri is among several conservative states, emboldened by new conservative justices on the Supreme Court, to pass new restrictions on abortions in the hope that the high court will eventually overturn Roe v. Wade. As Republicans have stepped up efforts to limit access to legal abortion, the issue is increasingly galvanising Democrats.

"We've been on defense for 47 years and it's not working", Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who Biden said Eastland had called "boy".

"You're not going to lock women back in the kitchen".

Elizabeth Warren got a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats as she argued that her campaign for "big ideas" can appeal across the political spectrum. Despite that, the Democrats vying for the chance to try and unseat President Donald Trump next year were unwavering in their support for the procedure and in their defense of Planned Parenthood - showing just how far the party has moved compared to presidential races in recent memory.

Fellow presidential hopeful Sen.

Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a longtime state representative, urged Biden at a private meeting he held with black Democratic leaders Friday afternoon to show contrition.

Other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates were prodded to weigh in.

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In the crowded field, Mr Sanders is now running just behind former Vice-President Joe Biden in the marathon race to become the party's standard-bearer.

Twenty candidates are set to fight for the 2020 Democratic nomination this week during the first debates.

Pressed by forum moderators about that change of heart and his overall "mixed record" on abortion rights, Biden responded, "I'm not sure about the mixed record part". He has shown particular strength in SC, where he has deep relationships from previous presidential runs, friendships with two of state's towering former senators and, perhaps most important in 2020, his eight years President Barack Obama's vice president.

Biden's longtime allies here voiced doubts that his comments would leave a lasting mark, but agreed that they were not helpful - particularly with younger voters who never knew segregation.

Sanders has been amplifying his embrace of government-centered solutions to policy problems in advance of the Democratic presidential debates Wednesday and Thursday in Miami. But if the free college and student debt relief advocates don't hit their revenue goals, they could simply add to the deficit - as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have by passing more than $1 trillion in tax cuts without paying for them.

"Pick your top five". "There are of us who would snatch to gaze somebody who became youthful, and I sign that furthermore".

The event acts as an unofficial kickoff to the Democratic primary race in SC, and gave contenders a chance to hobnob with Clyburn's political network while attendees ate an estimated 4,400 pounds of fried fish and 6,400 slices of bread.

SC boasts the largest electorate of the four early nominating states, and its mix of black voters and moderate whites gives candidates a proving ground ahead of a Super Tuesday slate that includes other similar Southern states and hundreds of delegates at stake.

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