Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats' top rank

Grant Boone
October 17, 2019

The fourth Democratic Presidential Debate is over, and the most memorable moment may well have been an off-handed bit of condescension from former vice president Joe Biden aimed at MA senator Elizabeth Warren.

Joe Biden is under siege from personal attacks by President Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders is recovering from a heart attack. The only other Democrat running for president who also supports a wealth tax in Sen.

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders - who has put forth a more aggressive wealth tax proposal - said on Tuesday that the US can not afford "to continue this level of income and wealth inequality" and "cannot afford a billionaire class whose greed and corruption has been at war with the working families of this country for 45 years". The Vermont senator failed to show all the fire of previous debates but made his points with force.

I am seriously looking forward to the next debate, when the DNC raises the threshold for candidates to participate-amazingly, it did not do that between September and October, which is how we went from 10 to 12 candidates, a lot of them unelectable, at a time when we should have been descending into single digits, and serious discussion. So let me be clear on this.

Pete Buttigieg, continuing his criticism of Sen. "Taxes would go up on EVERYONE to fund this socialist government takeover of health care".

"I appreciate Elizabeth's work but, again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done", Klobuchar said.

Buttigieg pounced: "Well, we heard it tonight, a yes or no question that didn't get a yes or no answer".

Here's the CNN roundtable trying to get Warren to answer the taxes question.

Watch candidates go head to head over health care.

Meanwhile, California Senator Kamala Harris seems to be moving into the lane recently departed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, to be the stalwart advocate of choice and reproductive rights-which, shockingly, none of the other three women on stage even mentioned.

The debate touched on foreign policy, too, a subject that has dominated the news in recent weeks as Trump said he was withdrawing most USA forces from Syria and then Turkey invaded the northern part of the country to attack Kurdish fighters. That prompted Buttigieg to respond, "What we are doing or what we were doing in Syria was keeping our word". "I did nothing wrong". "It is undermining the honour of our soldiers. If you're going to do it, tell us how you're going to do it", Biden said.

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar challenges Massachusetts Sen. "Tearing each other down because we have a different plan is unacceptable". She was the second most tweeted about Democrat last night during the fourth debate, behind only Biden.

The elder Biden said he had never discussed with Hunter Biden the decision to join the Ukrainian company's board.

Every Democratic candidate has voiced support for the impeachment inquiry.

On Sunday, Biden had vowed that "no one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they're a cabinet member, will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country".

Former Louisiana Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal on Democrats' proposed wealth taxes, the economy and how the short term problems Americans are enduring from the trade war will ultimately be trumped. Polls quickly found her to be a top-tier candidate.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, speaks during the fourth Democratic presidential debate, which was co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN. He hasn't settled on a candidate yet, but is leaning towards Biden, Warren, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

At the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, all 12 candidates were in agreement on one topic: impeaching President Trump. Sen.

"Look, my son did nothing wrong", Biden said. But fewer candidates engaged with him on Tuesday as they trained their focus on Warren.

Taking aim at her proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans, Klobuchar said, "I want to give a reality check here" and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke suggested it was "punitive".

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences", Elizabeth Warren, an early proponent of impeachment, said.

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