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The Democratic candidates face in their fifth debate with Trump as a common enemy

November 21, 2019
Los precandidatos demócratas Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden y Bernie Sanders

Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders – REUTERS / BRENDAN MCDERMID


The Democratic candidates faced Wednesday night in their fifth electoral debate, marked by the possible 'impeachment' against US President Donald Trump, after a day of key testimony in Congress, although they once again faced the Fiscal policy and medical coverage.

The Democratic candidates face in their fifth debate with Trump as a common enemyThe Democratic candidates face in their fifth debate with Trump as a common enemy

The ten pre-candidates participated but the attention was focused on the four most likely to win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential elections: former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the so-called conservatives, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders , the progressive nicknames.

This time, they agreed to put the focus on congressional investigations against Trump for his alleged pressures on Ukraine to investigate the alleged corruption of Biden and his son Hunter in their business in the European country, hours after the ambassador of The United States in the EU, Gordon Sondland, said in a written testimony that there was 'quid pro quo' because military aid was conditioned on these inquiries.

“We have to establish the principle that nobody is above the law. We have a constitutional responsibility and we must fulfill it,” said Warren, one of the first voices to raise the 'impeachment' against Trump.

Along the same lines, Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, in Indiana, argued that, although “the constitutional process of 'impeachment' must be left out of the campaign” election, “the conduct of the president does not.”

Biden, on the other hand, has guaranteed that if he arrives at the White House, he will leave the decision to initiate the impeachment process in the hands of the Department of Justice. “If that is the decision, which violated the law and must be criminally prosecuted, so be it, but I will not order it,” he promised.

Cohesion was broken when they moved from Trump to issues that have centered the Democratic pre-campaign. Thus, everyone was critical of Warren's plan to raise taxes on high incomes and his proposal to replace ObamaCare with health coverage for everyone.

Senator Cory Booker agreed with Warren that it is necessary to move towards a fairer tax system. “But I don't agree with the wealth tax the way Warren has put it,” he added.

Regarding health coverage, the other candidates tried to point out the weaknesses of Warren's idea. “Most Democrats do not support Medicare for Everyone, it will not be approved either in the House of Representatives or in the Senate … It makes no sense,” Biden said.

However, the tone of this fifth debate was more relaxed than that of the previous ones, in which hard attacks were launched reaching even the personal sphere. “I think the way we achieve our goals … is talking about the things that unite us,” Warren wielded.

The first screening in the Democratic Party will take place on February 3 with the Iowa caucus. Until now it was a race of three – Biden, Warren and Sanders – but in the last polls Buttigieg has climbed to stand as one of the strong candidates.

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