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Who is Joe Sestak? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

  Editor's note: This story is part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign; these reports will be updated as the campaign continues. For more candidate profiles and fact-checking, go to Joe Sestak spent 31 years in the Navy, retiring as an admiral. He then ousted a Republican U.S. House incumbent from Pennsylvania. But after winning re-election once, Sestak twice failed in U.S. Senate bids, in 2010 and 2016.

Fact-checking the 2nd night of the Democratic debate in Miami

This story will be updated with more fact-checks. Democrats let loose their anti-Trump passions while attempting to showcase their diverse vantage points on gun control, race relations, immigration, healthcare, tax reform and more during the second night of debates at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders were the two most recognizable men positioned center-stage. But eight lesser-known candidates in the race to be the next president of the United States sparred with them.  Sen.

Health care gets heated on night 2 of the Democratic presidential debate

On Thursday, the second night of the first Democratic primary debate, the 10 presidential hopefuls took the stage and health issues became an early flashpoint. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opened the debate calling health care a “human right” – a refrain echoed by several other candidates on stage – and saying “we have to pass a Medicare for all, single-payer system” – which was not. Just as on Wednesday night, moderators asked candidates who would support abolishing private insurance under a single-payer system. Again, only two candidates – this time Sanders and California Sen.

Fact-checking Julián Castro’s claim that asylum ‘metering’ caused drowning of father, daughter

The photo of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his toddler daughter lying dead face down in muddy water became a tragic symbol at the southern border, and a topic in the first Democratic presidential debate. The father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria, drowned in Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande after they tried to cross a river to Brownsville, Texas. Their bodies were found June 24. Julián Castro, one of 10 Democrats during the first night of the Miami debates, pointed the finger at what he said was a Trump administration policy.

‘Medicare for All' emerges as early divide in first Democratic presidential primary debate

During Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate — the first in a two-night event viewed as the de facto launch of the primary season — the 10 hopeful candidates onstage used health policies ranging from Medicare for All to efforts to curb skyrocketing drug prices as part of an effort to differentiate themselves from the pack.  Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) used early questions about the economy to take aim at pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Sen.

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Miami, night 1

This story will be updated with more fact-checks. The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle. Many of them argued that the U.S. economy isn’t working for working people. The Democratic field is so large that only half the candidates appeared Wednesday; another debate with the rest of the field was scheduled for the next night.   Here are some of the candidates’ comments, with fact-checking or additional context.

Do you know your Democrats? A PolitiFact presidential quiz

Think you’re an expert on the Democratic presidential field? Let's fact-check that! We created a quiz about the candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump. You can study up first by reading our brief biographies on each of the candidates, or you can just go for it. For each question, select an answer. You can click “check” to see if you’re correct or wait until the very end to see what you got right and wrong. Proceed to the next question by clicking the arrow in the bottom right hand corner.

Who is Eric Swalwell, a Democratic candidate for president?

Eric Swalwell, a 39-year-old California congressman, has made ending gun violence a central issue in his campaign. In an interview on ABC’s “The View,” he said he would ban and buy back every semiautomatic assault weapon. Swalwell rolled out a platform that calls for universal background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases. Beyond restricting firearms, he wants to provide affordable health care and education to all Americans.