Toward the beginning of Thursday’s Democratic presidential primary debate, the seven candidates went after the current state of the economy, something the President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial Democratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Trump attacks Schumer at fiery rally in Michigan MORE has repeatedly lauded during his presidency.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Trump rallies supporters as he becomes third president to be impeached On The Trail: A historic vote that defines legacies MORE said that despite the growing economy, the middle class was suffering.
“The middle class is getting killed; the middle class is getting crushed,” former Vice President Joe Biden argued. “The working class has no way up, as a consequence of that,” he added.
Biden also cited a statistic, saying that 40 percent of the farmers in the Midwest couldn’t pay their bills last year.
Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Donald Glover to hold campaign event with Andrew Yang Buttigieg slips in new national poll MORE, Mayor of South Bend, Ind., had similar views regarding the American middle class.
“Where I live, folks aren’t measuring the economy by how the Dow Jones is doing, they’re measuring the economy by how they’re doing,” Buttigieg said.
“There is not one county in the United States of America where someone working full-time, at the minimum wage, can afford a two-bedroom apartment,” he added.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocratic presidential candidates react to Trump impeachment: ‘No one is above the law’ Trump invokes son Barron while attacking Warren at rally Overnight Energy: Fish and Wildlife Service to review allegations over Trump Jr.’s Mongolian hunting trip | Groups challenge EPA decision on slaughterhouse rules | Greenpeace gives Bloomberg D-plus on climate MORE (D-Mass.) chimed in with her thoughts about the demographic as well.
“America’s middle class is being hollowed out,” Warren said. “Working families and poor people are being left behind.”
Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangDonald Glover to hold campaign event with Andrew Yang Buttigieg slips in new national poll Former health insurance executive: Yang’s health care proposal is ‘far too limited’ MORE was critical of the economy in a different way, noting how despite the record levels of GDP and corporate profit, financial insecurity and student loan debt are also at all-time highs.