‘That is not America’ – Democrats debate shocking immigrant photo
By Amanda Walker, US correspondent
The road to 2020 has begun.
Twenty candidates over two nights.
Wednesday saw the first half of a crowded Democrat field entering the stage in Miami, Florida, desperate to prove they have what it takes to beat Donald Trump.
The gut-wrenching image of a father and daughter from El Salvador who drowned in a river at the US-Mexico border prompted impassioned answers.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said: "Those tragic – that tragic photo of those – that parent, that child – and I'm saying this as a father.
"Every American should feel that in their heart, every American should say, 'That is not America, those are not our values.'"
That was also the moment Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts on the debate – one word: "BORING".
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Senator Elizabeth Warren was the only one of the 10 enjoying double-digit support in the polls.
She is riding a surge on her progressive policy-driven agenda and started strong on the economy.
She said: "When you've got a government, when you've got an economy that does great for those with money and isn't doing great for everyone else, that is corruption – pure and simple.
"We need to call it out. We need to attack it head-on. And we need to make structural change in our government, in our economy, and in our country."
But she didn't go on to dominate.
Candidates like former rising star Beto O'Rourke and de Blasio are struggling for money and attention. This debate was their big chance punch through.
Trump didn't dominate as much as you might expect – most jabs at the president came from Senator Amy Klobuchar.
She said: "This president is literally every single day 10 minutes away from going to war, one tweet away from going to war.
"And I don't think we should conduct foreign policy in our bathrobe at 5.00 in the morning, which is what he does."
Former housing secretary Julian Castro is being regarded as a big winner with some strong moments on immigration.
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