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Debate's Question No. 1: Impeachment

12 Democrats are taking part in biggest-ever primary debate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2019 7:38 PM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2019 12:31 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden, right, stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New...   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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(Newser) – A dozen Democrats are onstage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, for the largest presidential primary debate in American history. Frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders are at center stage at the CNN/New York Times debate. Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, and Julian Castro are also present, and the AP notes that this is likely to be the last debate for several of them. The first question went to Elizabeth Warren, who was asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper whether the electorate, not lawmakers conducting impeachment proceedings, should decide President Trump's fate. She said impeachment "must go forward" to send a message to future presidents about America's values. More:

  • All 12 candidates were in favor of impeachment, the Guardian reports. "As a former prosecutor, I know a confession when I see it," Harris said of Trump's comments on his Ukraine phone call. Asked whether impeachment would distract Democrats from other tasks, Klobuchar said: "We can do two things at once."

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