NBC's Chuck Todd asked all 10 candidates at the second night of the first Democratic debate on Thursday to name the top issue that they hope to accomplish.

What they said:

  • Marianne Williamson: Making America the best place in the world for a child to grow up.
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: Enacting a collaborative approach to climate change.
  • Andrew Yang: Giving $1,000 a month in universal basic income to every American over 18.
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Fixing our democracy.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: Defeating Donald Trump, "period."
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Taking on special interests.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): A tax cut for the middle-class and working families.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): A family bill of rights including universal pre-k, affordable daycare and paid leave.
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Col.): Climate change.
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Cali.): Ending gun violence.

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