The issues that will decide the Democratic primaries

The field will soon narrow, so what are the themes and divisions that are defining the contest to be the person to take on Donald Trump?

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 31:Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) (L-R), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ
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The second round of debates for the Democratic primary concluded in Detroit in the early hours of this morning, with crucial battle lines drawn between policies, priorities and personalities.

“Go easy on me, kid,” said Joe Biden to Kamala Harris as the two welcomed each other on stage. The folksy greeting belied the action to come, an evening that saw increased attacks on Biden’s record, testing the centrist front-runner.

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