Topline: The first Joe Biden vs Bernie Sanders showdown took place in an empty studio thanks to coronavirus concerns—but that didn’t stop the Democratic presidential hopefuls from going at each other on everything from healthcare, to picking a woman vice president.

Both candidates, who are in their seventies, said they were taking measures to reduce potential exposire to coronavirus, including moving public events online and asking staff to work from home. The pair also kicked off the debate not with a handshake, but an elbow bump.

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Healthcare, an issue that has defined the contest for the Democratic ticket and has become even more pressing as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, was one the pair’s many battle lines, with Biden calling for the federal government to fund treatment and testing, while expanding test sites.

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