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Gloves come off at Nevada debate

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/20/20, 08:25 am

The top Democratic presidential candidates battled each other and latecomer Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday night in Las Vegas over the question of electability. Recent rule changes by the Democratic National Committee allowed Bloomberg into the debate for the first time this campaign season ahead of the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.

Which candidates clashed? They all piled on Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg took aim at Bloomberg’s past controversial comments and policies about race and his alleged instances of sexual harassment. Warren said Democrats “take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

Bloomberg, meanwhile, argued President Donald Trump would defeat any Democratic opponent who favored abolishing private health insurance. He and the other candidates sparred over healthcare, socialism, climate change, and other topics. Near the end, one moderator asked whether the candidate with the most delegates by the time of the Democratic convention this summer should earn the nomination, even if they did not have a majority. None of the candidates except Sanders endorsed the idea.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about how the Democratic field has narrowed in the past week.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 02:07 pm

    We reward fighting. We savor the brutal rejoinder from our guy (or gal). And we get more of both.

    Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 04:27 pm

    Looking at the photo here, is Bernie preaching hell, fire, and brimstone?  ;-)

    Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 04:43 pm

    It will be interesting what will happen after the 2020 election. Will the media call the winner ahead of time? Will Dems call for a recount? Are Dems setting in place people who will control the vote count? Will missing ballots show up as needed? Will Russia be blamed again if Dems lose? Who will be Pres. in 2021?

    If Trump wins will Mueller investigate Trump again? 

    I'm not really concerned, just wonder what the future holds.

    But it's very upsetting that when a Republican wins, Dems want a recount and not just against Trump. 

    I still want to know why it was ok for Dems to promise Hill she would be the next Pres. after Obama? It makes one wonder.