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Key Takeaways From the Democratic Debate

Elizabeth Warren was in the line of fire
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2019 1:37 AM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2019 6:55 AM CDT
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren is leading in some polls—and the rest of the dozen Democrats onstage at Tuesday night's debate certainly treated her like a frontrunner. She was attacked far more than any other candidate, especially over her Medicare for All plan. "The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done," Amy Klobuchar told her. Several rivals criticized Warren for refusing to acknowledge that the plan would raise some taxes. "According to NBC's "attack tracker," Warren came under fire 16 times during the debate, and no other candidate was attacked more than twice. More:

  • Warren still on top. Despite the attacks, and some faltering responses, most analysts put Warren in the winners' column, especially since all the attention firmed up her status as the frontrunner. She "held her own" and spoke more than twice as much as the next candidate, Bernie Sanders, in the first hour, Politico notes.

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