Biden campaign touts fundraising bump after first primary debate

Biden campaign touts fundraising bump after first primary debate
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Joe BidenJoe BidenEric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden says he'll release medical records before primaries MORE’s presidential campaign touted a fundraising bump after the former vice president appeared onstage for the first Democratic primary debate Thursday night.

Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said Biden’s campaign had its best online fundraising hour since its official launch rally in Philadelphia earlier this year.

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Biden has swiftly emerged as the crowded primary field’s front-runner, topping every national poll since his campaign announcement and hauling in millions of dollars in campaign funds. He raked in $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after launching his White House bid, topping the first-day hauls of every other Democratic candidate. 

His front-runner status made him a top target for the nine other Democrats onstage with him Thursday, leading to a heated exchange with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The crosshairs of extremism  On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Calif.) over his stance on issues of race.

Biden also at one point said the National Rifle Association is “not the enemy” and was forced to defend his vote for the Iraq War.