Calls to tax wealthy people and corporations are growing as governments struggle to come up with funds to deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout.
Two days out from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris took breaks from their prep to honour the civil rights hero.
Bernie Sanders, who has energised liberals and young voters, sought to pull away from the rest of the field, while Joe Biden hoped to ride a wave of momentum and endorsements to cement himself as the standard-bearer for the party’s moderate wing.
Only two were given a chance to speak on the topic during the latest debate and neither answer proposed a workable solution.
A resounding victory in South Carolina has thrust Joe Biden back into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but that could all change in two days when voters go to the polls in 14 "Super Tuesday" states.
Democratic candidates attacked Republican US President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak after he held a news conference saying the risk from the virus was "very low."
Voting is under way across Nevada as the most diverse state so far has its say in the Democrats' nomination fight, with leftist firebrand Bernie Sanders leading the race.
The battle to see who challenges Republican President Donald Trump in November has entered an urgent phase, with eight candidates including late entrant Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, scrambling for advantage.
Bloomberg seemed nervous and hesitant in a rough debut before a national audience in a debate that gave voters their first unscripted look at the media mogul and self-funding former New York mayor
While Sanders and Buttigieg finished first and second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary respectively, the contest also showed the growing appeal of US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
"This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," the 78-year old senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders told cheering crowd as he raised the roof with his rallying cry for fairer taxes and health care reform.
As Sanders predicted victory, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg hoped to seize the backing of his party's establishment with a strong finish.
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