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Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist Shines at Second Detroit Debate


July 31, 2019, 9:18 PM

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Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was one of the highlights of the second night of Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit.

He got a standing ovation and multiple rounds of applause Wednesday night during his Fox Theatre speech ahead of the debate that included former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris and eight others.

Gilchrist, who grew up in Detroit, shouted out his hometown roots and noted that he's Michigan's first black lieutenant governor.

He encouraged Democrats to vote in 2020 and predicted the state would go blue, after electing Donald Trump by just less than 11,000 votes three years ago.

“The future of our society and our planet is too important for anyone to sit on the sidelines,” Gilchrist said.

He also sought to draw a line between Democrats and Republicans.

"It is impossible to be a strong advocate for public schools when you merely view education as a money-making venture," Gilchrist said. "It is impossible to protect our right to healthcare when you are suing to kick 20 million people off of their plans, including people that have pre-existing conditions."

It was much of country's first time seeing the 36-year-old, who previously worked in the administration of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Twitter users applauded Gilchrist's speech. Some were more enthusiastic about him than any of the 10 presidential primary candidates to follow.



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