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Detroit — Former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, is a former U.S. Senator from Delaware who served under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. Here are some of his key remarks from Wednesday's Democratic debate.

BIDEN ON THE ISSUES

Why he's running: "I'm running for president to restore the soul of this country." (Addressing President Donald Trump): "Mr. President, this is America and we are stronger and great because of this diversity, not in spite of this diversity. So, Mr. President, let's get something straight; we love it, we are not leaving it, we are here to stay and we're certainly not going to leave it to you."

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Responding to one question, Joe Biden touted his experience in the GM bailout and Detroit bankruptcy, and name-dropped Mayor Mike Duggan The Detroit News

Medicare for All: "This idea is a bunch of malarkey here. The fact of the matter is, there will be a deductible in their paycheck. $30 trillion dollars has to ultimately be paid. I don’t know what math you do in New York, I don’t know what math you do in California, but I’ll tell you, it’s going to be a lot of money."

Biden on Harris’ time as attorney general of California: "Sen. Harris was the attorney general for eight years in the state of California. There were two of the most segregated school districts in the country in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I didn't see a single solitary time she brought a case against them to desegregate."

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Joe Biden and Julian Castro discuss their respective positions on immigration and the crisis at the border. The Detroit News

Immigration: "The fact of the mater is, if you cross the border illegally you should be able to be sent back. It’s a crime."

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Cory Booker hits Joe Biden over the impact of past crime bill, tells him 'you're dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don't even know the flavor.' The Detroit News

Deportation policy under Obama: "I was vice president. I am not the president. I keep my recommendation in private. What I do say to you is (Obama) moved to fundamentally change the systems. That's what he did. Much more has to be done."

cferretti@detroitnews.com 

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