2020 candidates back on the campaign trail after debate

Democratic presidential hopefuls are looking forward following the ABC News debate in Houston.
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and the democratic candidates out on the campaign trail in force looking to capitalize on any momentum they may have created at the latest debate. ABC's Kyra Phillips is at the white house with that story. Kyra, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Well, the latest average of polls still shows Joe Biden with a considerable lead, but his closest opponents definitely smell blood in the water and continue to strike whenever they can. I think any Democrat in that stage can beat Donald Trump. Reporter: This morning candidates appealing to voters over the number one issue for Democrats, health care. Last night was the closest we came to a debate, okay. We actually had an open debate on health care. I was not pleased that vice president Biden distorted what medicare for all is. Reporter: Biden, the party's early leader, who stayed in Houston also butting heads with another candidate. Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago? Reporter: While greeting students at Texas southern Biden's campaign calling that moment a low blow by Castro. I don't view it as anything. I think he's got his facts wrong. Mr. Vice president, will you commit to releasing your medical records to address concerns -- what the hell concerns. Man, you want to wrestle? Reporter: Other candidates like kamala Harris who had memorable quips like this. And now, president trump, you can go back to watching fox News. Reporter: Are just trying to gain traction like here at this fund-raiser in Chicago. We need a new commander in chief. Reporter: And then there's Beto O'rourke and this dramatic moment talking about gun control. Hell, yes, we're going to take your ar-15, your ak-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore. Reporter: Generating new 2020 swag while at the same time prompting Texas state lawmaker Briscoe Cain to tweet this apparent threat, my ar is ready for you, Robert Francis. That tweet quickly removed by Twitter. It's interesting, whit. Another move that was made by both the Biden and Castro campaigns yesterday was their email blast. They actually mentioned that health care exchange where Castro challenged Biden's memory and then in turn Biden's campaign called it a low blow. Well, they appeared to capitalize on that by mentioning that standout moment in the emails, and then they added a link to donate to their campaigns. All the campaigns spinning and trying to make the most of it, get some momentum out of it. Kyra, also wanted to ask about another developing story, as well. Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, issuing a subpoena to the acting director of national intelligence. Reporter: That's right, chairman Schiff actually raised concerns about whether the trump administration is actually trying to prevent a legitimate whistle-blower complaint from reaching congress to cover up serious misconduct. That complaint is said to involve potentially privileged communications by people outside the intelligence community and the subpoena required the acting director of national intelligence that you saw there to produce all records concerning the complaint or he could soon face a full committee hearing as early as next week and we will definitely follow that. Absolutely. Kyra Phillips at the white house, thanks so much.

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