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Julián Castro Is Ready to Fight (Joe Biden)

Castro was the first candidate of the night to come out swinging against the former vice president.

This was supposed to be the debate when the other leading candidates got to attack Joe Biden directly. But it was Julián Castro, the man currently running to be your next vice president, who launched the first flurry of blows against the front-runner.

“I want every single American family to have a strong Medicare plan available,” Castro started, in response to the now-traditional opening health care question. “If they choose to hold on to strong, solid private health insurance, I believe they should be able to do that. But the difference between what I support and what you support, Vice President Biden, is that you require them to opt in. And I would not require them to opt in. They would automatically be enrolled. … Because Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered.”

Biden, apparently slightly taken aback by Castro’s aggression, pushed back with a simple, “They do not have to buy in.” Castro then pointed out that Biden had just said the opposite, prompting Biden to shout over some crosstalk that “if they qualified for Medicaid, it would automatically be enforced.”

Then Castro said the thing that every scold on Twitter is going tut-tut over for at least the next week: “Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?”

To be the new vice president, you have to kill the old vice president! And hope he’s not the nominee anyway.