Democratic argument highlights: Experience and race at forefront as health care talk fades

Democratic argument highlights: Experience and race at forefront as health care talk fades

ATLANTA (Reuters) – The 5th governmental dispute included sharp exchanges on Wednesday over outreach to minority voters, the function of U.S. diplomacy and which of the Democratic competitors is finest prepared to lead.

Democratic U.S. governmental candidates throughout their 5th 2020 project debate at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 20,2019 REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Unlike previous debates, which were dominated by how the candidates prefer broadening medical insurance coverage to millions of Americans, Democrats discussed the concern just quickly.

Here are some highlights from the phase in Atlanta, where 10 of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Republican politician President Donald Trump in November 2020 disputed foreign policy, gender and the benefits of experience.


The night included an extended discussion about gender, experience and who has the broadest appeal.

Pete Buttigieg, whose just political experience is as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, looked for to turn his lack of time in Washington into an advantage.

” I know that from the point of view of Washington, what goes on in my city might look little, but honestly where we live, the infighting on Capitol Hill is what looks little,” he said.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who previously stated a woman with Buttigieg’s experience would not have actually made it to the debate stage, reiterated her argument that females are held to a greater requirement.

” Otherwise, we might play a video game called ‘Name your preferred lady president,’ which we can’t do,” she said to applause.

The United States has actually never ever sent a woman to the White House.

Klobuchar then took aim at previous Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that he alone can win in swing states, pointing out she has carried Republican districts in her house state of Minnesota.

In action, Biden touted his record of passing bipartisan legislation and his long experience in Washington.

” There’s no time for on-the-job training,” he stated. “I spent more time in the Situation Room, more time abroad, than anyone up here.”


Buttigieg was continued his failure to gain traction amongst black citizens, a vital bloc in the Democratic nominating contests.

Buttigieg, who has actually increased in polls in the mainly white early-voting state of Iowa, has actually been slammed by the black community in South Bend, where he fired the city’s very first black police chief in 2012 and faced protesters earlier this year after a law enforcement officer shot a black man.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, who is black, stated the Democratic candidate needs to have experience representing all people and need to not court black citizens just at election time.

” Democrats have actually considered given the constituency that has actually been the foundation of the Democratic Celebration,” Harris said.

Buttigieg acknowledged he faces a “difficulty” in introducing himself to lots of black voters, prior to pivoting to his own experience as a gay man.

” I do not have the experience of ever being discriminated against due to the fact that of the color of my skin,” Buttigieg said. “I do have the experience of sensation like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights showing up for argument.”

Biden, who leads the Democratic field in assistance from black citizens in opinion polls, later said the factor he was chosen as previous Democratic President Barack Obama’s vice president was due to the fact that of his “long-standing relationship with the black neighborhood.”


Asked what he would say to Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first call, innovation business owner Andrew Yang addressed: “I’m sorry I beat your man,” referring to Trump.

” It’s a ‘sorry, not sorry,'” U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren interjected to laughter.

” And 2nd, I would state ‘the days of meddling in American elections are over,'” Yang included.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders looked for to distinguish his stances on military intervention and diplomacy from those of Trump and Biden. Sanders restated his goal of bringing U.S. troops house from Afghanistan but said, “unlike Trump, I will refrain from doing it in a tweet at 3 o’clock in the early morning.”

Describing Biden, Sanders said “one of the big distinctions between the vice president and myself is he supported the horrible war in Iraq and I helped lead the opposition against it.”

Sanders stated the United States needs to “bring Iran and Saudi Arabia together in a space” to exercise their distinctions and the “very same thing opts for Israel and the Palestinians.”


U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard doubled down when asked about her recent clash with the celebration’s 2016 governmental candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran who has centered her campaign on opposition to abroad military intervention, said the Democratic Celebration “continues to be affected by the foreign policy facility in Washington, represented by Hillary Clinton and others’ diplomacy, by the military-industrial complex and other greedy corporate interests.”

Harris protected Clinton, saying Gabbard criticized previous Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration on Fox News and consulted with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Buttigieg criticized Gabbard for the latter choice, saying he “would not have taken a seat with a homicidal dictator like that.”

Reporting by Amanda Becker and Simon Lewis; extra reporting by Joseph Ax, Ginger Gibson and Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis

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