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Debate's Question No. 1: Impeachment - Page 2

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

  • Booker, asked if he could be fair during an impeachment trial in the Senate, said "this has got to be about patriotism, not partisanship," reports the New York Times.
  • Biden, asked about his son Hunter's business activities overseas while he was vice president, said: "My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government in rooting out corruption in Ukraine." He said Trump was falsely accusing him of corruption because he knows that in a general election, "I will beat him like a drum."
  • Asked whether her Medicare for All plan would raise taxes on the middle class, Warren said she wouldn't sign a bill that raised costs for the middle class, NBC reports. After Buttigieg said it was "A yes-or-no question that didn’t get a yes-or-no answer," she fired back, saying his plan is "Medicare for all who can afford it." Sanders, who "wrote the damn bill," said it was "appropriate to acknowledge taxes will go up."
  • Christopher Groskopf at FiveThirtyEight notes that Warren is being targeted by many of her rivals. "However, in doing so they are giving her way more time to respond than anyone else."
  • Harris raised the issue of women's reproductive rights, saying it hasn't come up a single time in the previous debates. "People need to keep their hands off of women's bodies and let them make decisions about their own lives," she said.
  • During a discussion of automation and job losses, Yang again made the case for a universal basic income. People "do not want to work for the federal government," he said after Sanders defended his federal jobs guarantee.
  • Sanders and Steyer—the only billionaire onstage—both agreed on the need for a wealth tax to combat income inequality, which Sanders called a "moral and economic outrage." "The corporations have bought our government," Steyer said.
  • Biden, asked about Trump's withdrawal of troops from northern Syria, said it was "the most shameful thing" any president in modern history has done on foreign policy.
  • Gabbard, a military veteran, called for an end to the "regime change war." Buttigieg, also a veteran, told her she was "dead wrong" to advocate abandoning US allies. He said what kept him safe as a soldier was the fact that people knew the US keeps it word, the Times reports.

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