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The Democratic debates took place at Detroit's Fox Theatre where candidates focused on manufacturing, jobs, and clean water.
Malak Silmi / Michigan Radio

Ten Democrats showcased their plans to create jobs and ensure clean water as part of a televised presidential debate Wednesday night in Detroit.

This was the second group of hopefuls to appear in the CNN-sponsored Democratic debates in Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

trump supporters hold signs
Zoe Clark / Michigan Radio

People packed the city blocks surrounding Detroit’s Fox Theatre Tuesday night to greet the opening of two nights of debates among the crowded field of Democrats running for president. The crowd included people demonstrating about climate change and income inequality. Also, supporters of the candidates came out. Many of the people chanted slogans and held signs to support a favorite candidate.

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are about to converge on Michigan for two nights of debates in Detroit.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be on hand to greet the candidates. Whitmer says she’s already spoken with most of them, and she says her advice is, don’t take the industrial Midwest or the state of Michigan for granted in the primary or next year’s general election.

Lauren Janes / Michigan Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is campaigning in Michigan. The New York senator is on her bus tour called "Trump Broken Promises."

“I get why you might have voted for him, he said the system's rigged, he said no bad trade deals, he said health care for everybody that's better and cheaper, he really promised the world, but the truth is he never meant it.” Gillibrand says.

Stops are in Oakland County, Flint, and Lansing. Gillibrand's town hall in Oakland County focused on gun violence and getting money out of politics.

Drawing of podium with two microphones and two faces talking
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. 

drawing of two podiums with two faces talking into microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 1 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks.

Elizabeth Warren
Sarah Cweik / Michigan Radio

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren kicked off her first campaign swing through Michigan in Detroit Tuesday, unveiling a plan to boost U.S. manufacturing and job creation through investments in climate change-fighting technologies.

Speaking at Detroit’s FOCUS Hope job training center, Warren outlined a 10-year plan to invest $400 billion in federal investments in research and development for green technologies. It would include a requirement that any resulting products be manufactured in the U.S.

California Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris made the first of several Michigan campaign stops in Detroit Sunday night, where she was the keynote speaker at the Detroit NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar made her first campaign stop in Michigan on Friday.

The Democratic candidate told the National Organization of Black County Officials that she wants to wrap up some of President Obama’s “unfinished business.” That includes passing a major infrastructure investment bill, and pressing forward on the president’s signature legislation expanding health care.

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he won't make the same mistake as the Clinton campaign did in 2016, and assume the battleground states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania will swing Democratic in 2020. 

President Donald Trump won all five states in 2016.