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Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro gained stature at Thursday night's debate – thanks to a platform box adjoining the candidate's podium.
The extra few inches allowed the 5'8" former San Antonio mayor not to stand in the shadow of the significantly taller former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who was placed at the next podium in Houston.
Rivals - Castro - Vice - President - Joe
Even so, rivals blasted Castro for delivering a low-blow against former Vice President Joe Biden that seemed to insinuate that the longtime politician's age was catching up to him.
'Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?' Castro blasted the 76-year old frontrunner after he made a statement about his healthcare plan.
O'Rourke - Castro - 'pettiness - Politics - Free-for-all
O'Rourke, 6'4", accused Castro of 'pettiness' and 'small-ball politics' after the free-for-all.
A campaign source told DailyMail.com candidates were given the option of whether to use a podium box.
Range - Centrists - Way - Socialist - Bernie
Just as it featured an ideological range of centrists running all the way to Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, the winnowed 10-candidate Democratic field showcased a range of heights – even with the towering 6'5" New York City mayor Bill de Blasio benched for failing to meet a Party polling threshold.
There are reasons a candidate might seek a leg-up besides stature sensitivity. Americans have a long history of electing tall candidates as president, as 1988 nominee 5'8" MIchael Dukakis can attest.
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