Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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A handful of Democratic presidential candidates tore into President Donald Trump’s trade war with China during the first round of primary debates this week.
While trade received scant attention during the debates Wednesday and Thursday — only one question was asked that specifically included the word, China was cited repeatedly during both nights as one of the greatest geopolitical threats to the U.S. And South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and entrepreneur Andrew Yang all managed to work their trade war critiques into the conversation.
“The tariffs and the trade war are just punishing businesses and producers and workers on both sides,” Yang said. “We need to crack down on Chinese malfeasance in the trade relationship, but the tariffs and the trade…