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Senator Kamala Harris takes command of the US Democratic primary debate

Senator Kamala Harris takes command of the US Democratic primary debate

The former prosecutor set the tone early in the debate by reminding the other candidates that Americans do not want a “food fight’”, but want to know that Democrats are “going to put food on the table”.

But it was the spell-binding moment when she challenged Joe Biden on race and his record of busing that stole the spotlight.

She went on to challenge Mr Biden’s stance as he has been criticised for saying that he worked with segregationists earlier in his career to achieve things in the Senate.

Mr Biden had entered the debate as the candidate that most Americans have heard of. He’s the frontrunner and well ahead in the polls.

Kamala Harris has shaped her public image with moments on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she has become known for sharp questioning of key figures in the Trump administration such as former attorney general Jeff Sessions and then–Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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