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Economic Inequality Is Rallying Cry at Democratic Debate

  • Warren, Klobuchar among candidates to lament unequal growth
  • Proposals include free community college, student debt help
2020 Democratic presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar (right), Beto O'Rourke and  Elizabeth Warren arrive on stage for a debate in Miami on June 26, 2019.

2020 Democratic presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar (right), Beto O'Rourke and  Elizabeth Warren arrive on stage for a debate in Miami on June 26, 2019.

Photographer: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg

Democrats debating in Miami Wednesday night tried seizing the populism that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House, saying they’d strive to make the economy work better for all Americans -- not just the wealthy.

Elizabeth Warren said she’d challenge profits concentrated at giant corporations. Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar highlighted the drag of student debt and vowed to make community college free. Julian Castro said he’d work to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to close the pay gap between men and women. And Cory Booker focused on the daily challenges to average Americans and small businesses.