A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate Tuesday over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. Here are some key takeaways from the three-hour forum in
WARREN'S RISE ATTRACTS ATTACKS
"At least Bernie's being honest with this," Klobuchar said.
"I don't think the American people are wrong when they say what they want is a choice," Buttigieg told Warren. His plan maintains private insurance but would allow people to buy into Medicare.
Candidates also pounced on Warren's suggestion that only she and Sanders want to take on billionaires while the rest of the field wants to protect them. Former Texas Rep.
And they piled onto her signature proposal, a 2% wealth tax to raise the trillions needed for many of her ambitious proposals. Technology entrepreneur
THAT 70s SHOW
The stage included three 70-something candidates who would be the oldest people ever elected to a first term as president — including 78-year-old Sanders, who had a heart attack earlier this month. Moderators asked all three how they could do the job. None that really addressed the question.
Sanders invited the public to a major rally he's planning in
Biden promised to release his medical records before the
Warren, whose campaign has highlighted her hours-long sessions posing for selfies with supporters, promised to "out-organize and outlast" any other candidate — including Trump. Then she pivoted to her campaign argument that
ONE VOICE ON IMPEACHMENT
The opening question was a batting practice fastball for the Democratic candidates: Should Trump be impeached?
They were in steadfast agreement. All 12 of them. Largely with variations on the word "corrupt" to describe the president.
Warren was asked first if voters should decide whether Trump should stay in office. She responded, "There are decisions that are bigger than politics."
Biden, who followed Sanders, offered a rare admission: "I agree with Bernie."
The only hint of dissonance came from Rep.
Klobuchar has faded into the background in previous debates, but she stood out on the crowded stage.
She also went on the attack. She chided entrepreneur
After Warren seemed to suggest other candidates were protecting billionaires, Klobuchar pounced. "No one on this stage wants to protect billionaires," Klobuchar said. "Even the billionaire doesn't want to protect billionaires."
That was a reference to investor
Klobuchar also forcefully condemned Trump's abandonment of the Kurds in
BOOKER THE PEACEMAKER
As candidates bickered over their tax plans, Booker shut it down. "We've got one shot to make
Later, as candidates tussled over foreign policy and