The first debate showed how far left Democrats have moved

As the first 2020 Democratic debate wrapped here, there was a palpable sense that the 10 contenders on stage were reflecting the sentiments of the most liberal corners of the party. Corporate consolidation, the end of private health insurance and the rights for transgender individuals sparked tremendous imagination in the debate hall. The notion that pharmaceutical companies should be punished for the opioid crisis caught many business-minded voters’ attentions. Candidates tried to out-do one another by answering questions in Spanish…

“On many issues, the floor of the debate is higher than the ceiling was just a few years ago,” said Adam Green, executive director of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who was wearing a “#WarrenWing” lapel pin. “The progressive issues that were advanced here might be on the outside in Washington, but are clearly in the center of where the American people are.”

But some of the positions put forth in Miami may stymie moderates’ willingness to vote President Donald Trump from power. Of the 10 candidates on stage, two — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio — raised their hands when asked if they would abolish the private health insurance system, a position that would have been considered campaign-ending not long ago.