Democratic Debate


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The six candidates post debate on february 19th.

Annie Weichel, sports editor

On Wednesday, February 19th the third Democratic Debate was held in Las Vegas and hosted by NBC News. In total, there is four early state debates that take place and two debates a candidate must qualify for. At this debate, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made his first appearance at a debate joining five other Democratic candidates: Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Each candidate will receive one minute and 45 seconds to answer questions provided by the moderators as well as 45 seconds for follow-up responses. A feud between Senator Klobuchar and former Mayor Buttigieg simmered all night until eventually it boiled over. After Buttigieg criticized Klobuchars’ voting record on judges in the Senate, she slashed back. Although there was many heated disputes, Joe Biden managed to dodge almost all attacks during the debate and became a non-factor candidate. On the other hand, Senator Warren managed to be on the offense of attacks towards other most of her night putting her rivals on edge. Many different attacks occurred during the debate one including former Mayor Bloomberg attacking Senator Sanders over the topics of socialism and “communism.” While that dispute grew more heated, Buttigieg began to attack both Bloomberg and Sanders together. The six candidates accepted the audience’s applause at the end and already begin to prepare for their next debate which will occur February 25th in Charleston, South Carolina at The Gaillard Center.