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November Democratic Primary Recap

Fifth Democratic Debate
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Nov 21, 2019

The Story

Democrats had a surprisingly laid-back debate.

Um. What?

Correct. Yesterday was the fifth Democratic primary debate. The top 10 candidates made the cutoff. And this time, all the moderators were women. In the backdrop of all the DC drama, Dems were pretty low-key. Here's what they talked about:

Impeachment…Former VP Joe Biden says he's learned from all of this that President Trump doesn't want him to be the nominee. But he didn't face questions about his son being a major topic of an impeachment inquiry.

Climate change...an issue that could impact humans for decades had mere minutes on stage. But here's what we learned: billionaire activist and donor Tom Steyer is the new Jay Inslee. And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is open to prosecuting the fossil fuel industry.

Foreign policy...Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) beefed with South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who pointed out that Dems aren't trying to invade Mexico. As president, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) would call out China for human rights violations. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang would tell Russian President Vladimir Putin, "I'm sorry I beat your guy."

Abortion...Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pointed out the economic disparities of abortion access. Sanders would like to point out that he's an ally.

Daycare and paid family leave...Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wants to provide six months of paid leave. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-MN) plan is for three months, but says she'd love to do more.

Any fun stuff?

Klobuchar shouted out Stacey Abrams, Nancy Pelosi, and ex-boyfriends. Buttigieg doesn't even golf. Harris would like Biden to know that she's in the Senate. Yang dedicates this one to all the parents. And misses his friend.


Despite expectations for this debate to be a showdown between the four top contenders, no one emerged as the frontrunner. At this point, Dems face a challenge in finding a candidate that will not only unite moderate and progressive voters, but be able to defeat Trump next November.

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