North Philly police standoff

2020 presidential candidates react to North Philly mass shooting of police

At least 11 aspiring commanders-in-chief shared their thoughts, prayers and perspectives on policy via social media.

A police officer patrolled the block near the shooting in Nicetown-Tioga

A police officer patrolled the block near the shooting in Nicetown-Tioga

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Updated Aug. 15

After six Philadelphia police officers were wounded in a seven-hour standoff and gun battle in North Philly on Wednesday evening, presidential candidates did what they do best: weighed in on Twitter.

As the hostage situation continued to play out at 15th and Erie in the Nicetown neighborhood, at least 11 aspiring commanders-in-chief shared their thoughts, prayers and perspectives on policy. It’s the first time a major breaking news event in Philadelphia has spurred this many reactions from the 2020 field.

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julián Castro

U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris

Governor Jay Inslee

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke

Former Congressman Joe Sestak

President Donald Trump

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

Author and entrepreneur Marianne Williamson

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

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