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Democratic candidates debate 2nd night in Detroit

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A second group of 10 Democrats met in Detroit Wednesday to argue why they should be their party’s nominee to run for President next year.

A chief manufacturing officer. Money for clean energy research. Great Lakes cleanup, and plans to stop future disasters like Flint’s water crisis.

Those were some of the ideas proposed to appeal to Democrats in Michigan and the industrial Midwest in the nationally televised CNN debate.

South Bend-Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said it’s most important for Democrats to nominate someone who will serve as a cool and reasonable contrast to President Donald Trump.

 “It is all theoretical. We all deal with climate if and only if we win the presidency – if and only if we beat Donald Trump.”

In 2016, Trump was the first Republican to win Michigan in 28 years, but it was by a very slim margin. Democrats want to turn the tables in 2020.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.