7 standout moments from the third Democratic debate in Houston

Candidates pose before the start of the 2020 Democratic US presidential debate in Houston, Texas.Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

  • On September 12, ten of the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Houston, Texas for the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC. 
  • Right off the bat, Andrew Yang made waves by announcing an online raffle to give 10 American families a “Freedom Dividend” universal basic income of $1,000 a month for a year. 
  • Later in the debate, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro took several shots at Vice President Joe Biden, both of whom served in former President Barack Obama’s administration together. 
  • Here are the biggest moments from Thursday night’s debate. 
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On September 12, ten of the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Houston, Texas for the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC. 

Overall, the ABC debate had less direct conflict and fewer dramatic clashes between the candidates than the June and July debates.

Right off the bat, Andrew Yang made waves by announcing an online raffle to give 10 American families a “Freedom Dividend” universal basic income of $1,000 a month for a year. 

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Later in the debate, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro took several shots at Vice President Joe Biden, both of whom served in former President Barack Obama’s administration together. 

“I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama and you’re not,” Castro told Biden of his healthcare plan, to which Biden shot back, “That’ll be a surprise to him.”

While the rest of the debate was relatively tame, Sen. Kamala Harris got in some zingers at Trump, and Sen. Bernie Sanders thoroughly denounced Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and explained his vision of Democratic socialism. 

Here’s a rundown of the seven biggest moments: 

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