Rising Democratic co-frontrunner Senator Elizabeth Warren, came under attack from all sides through Tuesday night’s presidential debate, as former Vice President Joe Biden defiantly defended his son’s business practices overseas and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, all of the 12 Democrats onstage in Westerville, Ohio, backed the continuing Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry.
In a sign of apparent disunity and hesitation among Democrats, though, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said only minutes before the debate began that there would be no vote on formally commencing the inquiry.
The debate marked the first time the candidates met since Pelosi’s news conference last month at which she unilaterally announced the inquiry had started, a move that the White House has told is legally insufficient.
The candidate lineup set a record for most politicians on a particular debate stage, topping the 11 Republican candidates who assembled in 2016.
This despite the fact that Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has taken over the top spot in several recent national presidential primary polls as candidates prepare to debate Oct. 15.
Most national polls since the end of September have found Warren, not Joe Biden, leading the pack but by relatively narrow margins.
Biden had led in practically every national poll, usually by double digits, going back to 2018. Although Warren has come out on top in four of the past five and six of the past 10.
“Sometimes there are issues that are bigger than politics, and I think that’s the case with this impeachment inquiry,” Warren, asserted when asked why Congress should bother with the process given the impending election.
Biden has been at the top of the crowded field for months but has come under withering assault from the White House concerning his son Hunter’s lucrative overseas business dealings
the elder Biden faced something of a timid confrontation over the issue during the debate, when CNN anchor and debate moderator Anderson Cooper broached the topic by stating, without evidence, that President Trump’s accusations of misconduct by the Bidens were “false.”
But Cooper pressed Joe Biden on Hunter’s declaration in a televised interview earlier in the day that he made a mistake by obtaining a profitable role on the board of a Ukraine company, with no relevant expertise, while his father was the vice president and managed Ukraine policy.
While Warren has climbed to co-front runner status but faces new questions about her dubious claims to Native American ancestry.
Senator Elizabeth Warren was under attack from all sides at the debate for refusing to answer whether her “Medicare for All” plan would raise taxes for the middle class. Warren once again dodged the issue, insisting only that “costs will go down” for the middle class.
I appreciate Elizabeth’s work, but again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done,” Amy Klobuchar told to Warren. “At least Bernie’s being honest here. … I’m sorry, Elizabeth.”
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also lambasted Warren on health care: “Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this,” he said. Buttigieg specifically knocked Warren for the nonanswer, saying her failure to offer a direct answer is “why people are so frustrated with politicians” and arguing that Medicare for All would “unnecessarily divide this country.”