CNN Democratic debate night 2

By Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Amanda Wills and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 11:59 PM ET, Wed July 31, 2019
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7:48 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

These are the topics people want to hear about the most tonight

CNN asked our readers to submit their top debate topic for CNN’s Democratic presidential debates Tuesday and Wednesday.

With nearly 50,000 responses, climate crisis was the top topic, followed by the economy and health care.

7:48 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Joe Biden's family is in Detroit for the debate

Joe Biden's family came to Detroit to support him on the debate stage.

The former Vice President tweeted a photo and wrote: "I'm getting ready to take the stage in Detroit! Grateful to have my family by my side."

See the tweet:

7:43 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Why Kamala Harris wears a gold bracelet with lotus on it

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 Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Kamala Harris wears a gold bracelet on her right wrist with a lotus embossed on it. “Kamala” is a Sanskrit word meaning lotus, a sacred flower in Eastern cultures.

Harris, the former California attorney general who was elected to the Senate in 2016, has taken progressive stances on “Medicare for All” and marijuana legalization. She also served as San Francisco’s district attorney.

7:42 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Joe Biden is really into Corvettes

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JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden loves Corvettes and still has a 1967 green Corvette Stingray his father gave him as a wedding present. In 2016, he drag raced his Corvette against former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 for an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Biden is running to restore the legacy of the eight years he served alongside Obama – but has also introduced his own policy plans, including a major new expansion of subsidies for Obamacare, their signature legislation. Prior to his time in the Obama administration, Biden represented Delaware in the US Senate for 36 years.

7:40 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Julián Castro was a tennis player in high school

Julián Castro was a sports fan and participant as a kid. He collected trading cards and played tennis in high school.

7:38 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

This candidate was born in India

Michael Bennet was born in New Delhi, India. His father, Douglas Bennet, was working as an aide to the US ambassador at the time.

7:36 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Andrew Yang is the godfather to a former president's great-granddaughter

Andrew Yang is the godfather to Teddy Roosevelt’s great-granddaughter, he told The Conway Daily Sun in March.

“That’s what happens when you go to Phillips Exeter (Academy),” he told the Sun.

7:34 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard is a "goofy-footed" surfer

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 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tulsi Gabbard is a “goofy-footed” surfer, which means she surfs with her right foot forward (most people surf with their left foot forward, or “regular” stance).

Gabbard, who was elected in 2012 to Congress, brings her experience as an Iraq War veteran to the presidential campaign and has staked out a distinctly anti-interventionist position on foreign policy.

She sat on the Honolulu City Council and served in the Hawaii House of Representatives.

7:38 p.m. ET, July 31, 2019

Michigan's first black lieutenant governor just got a standing ovation

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Michigan's Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist received a standing ovation from the crowd inside tonight's Democratic debate at the Fox Theatre.

In his short speech ahead of the debate, Gilchrist highlighted the state's achievements and many firsts.

"We overcame many of the challenges last November because, for the first time in our state's history, the top offices of governor, attorney general and secretary of state are all held by women. For the first time in our state's history we have an openly gay attorney general delivering protections for all people," he said.

Gilchrist continued: "And I am proud to stand here before you as the first black lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Michigan."

That's when the crowd rose to its feet to cheer the lieutenant governor.

Watch the crowd react: