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Democratic debate memes round 2: Grab that torch, and call New Zealand – CNET

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Back so soon? There are so many Democratic presidential hopefuls the first debate had ..

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Back so soon? There are so many Democratic presidential hopefuls the first debate had to stretch into two nights. On Thursday, 10 contenders debated from Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Thursday's candidates included some political powerhouses, from former Vice President Joe Biden to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Also onstage were California Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, author Marianne Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, California Rep. Eric Swalwell and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.

The first debate's memes had a Spanish accent, but on Thursday night, at least one candidate really wanted to talk about … New Zealand?

Torch song

One early zinger came when Swalwell jabbed at Biden's age (he's 76) by citing a statement Biden made 32 years ago about passing the torch to a new generation of leaders. Biden's retort that he's "still holding on to that torch" also earned some jokes.

"I'm still holding on to that torch" is basically the motto of the Baby Boom.

— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) June 28, 2019

Biden's problem is that he feels he's entitled to a fictional torch he was promised long ago.

The torch isn't yours dude. #DemDebate

— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) June 28, 2019

Joe Biden could not raise his hand because he was clinging too tightly to the torch. #DemDebate2

— FCILA (@FatChickinLA) June 28, 2019

Author, author?

One of the more unusual candidates on stage was Williamson, who's written numerous self-help and spiritually themed books. Not everyone was sure why she was there, and others had thoughts on what her policies might be. Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, tweeted, "Is Marianne Williamson a character from Clue?" Tweeted another, "Marianne Williamson would end illegal immigration with essential oils."

Kamala Harris: Joe Biden is a racist.

Joe Biden: Kamala is police.

Marianne Williamson: The fifth Harry Potter book is really the glue that holds the entire series together. Do you recall the part where #DemDebate

— William (@weelyumeebokway) June 28, 2019

Marianne Williamson is the only candidate bold enough to propose a witchcraft based health care system.

— Guy Branum (@guybranum) June 28, 2019

I love Marianne Williamson. It's so refreshing to hear a dreamcatcher speak its mind.

— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) June 28, 2019

Bernie Sanders: Healthcare is a human right

Joe Biden: People should be able to choose the healthcare coverage they want

Marianne Williamson: Doctors are crisis actors who created the common cold to control our thoughts during rainy weather

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 28, 2019

Fight night

Biden couldn't stay out of the line of fire. One of the most heated exchanges of the night came when Harris confronted the former vice-president on racial issues and his past record on busing.

Tempers were raised, and Twitter reacted. "Kamala Harris had two things on her to-do list tonight," cracked one Twitter user. "She crossed off the first. The second is "Take nameRead More – Source
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