The fifth round of Democratic debates took place in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday night. This debate showcased ten candidates and, finally, the fights and one-liners America has been waiting for.
The following candidates took the stage (percentage denotes national polling average for each candidate):
- Joe Biden – 27%
- Elizabeth Warren – 20.3%
- Bernie Sanders – 18.8%
- Pete Buttigieg – 8.3%
- Kamala Harris – 4.8%
- Andrew Yang – 3%
- Cory Booker – 1.8%
- Amy Klobuchar – 1.8%
- Tulsi Gabbard – 1.3%
- Tom Steyer – 1%
Here are the best — but, worst — moments of the night.
1. Booker Calls Biden ‘High’ For Opposing Marijuana Legalization
Booker took a shot at Biden’s stance against the federal legalization of marijuana.
“This week, I hear [Biden] literally say that I don’t think we should legalize marijuana. I thought you might have been high when you said it,” Booker said.
Cory Booker to Joe Biden: "This week I hear him literally say that I don’t think we should legalize marijuana. I thought you might have been high when you said it." #demdebate https://t.co/u9aiISXBvU pic.twitter.com/RUZ26t50WD
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 21, 2019
2. Kamala Harris Tries to Romp With Tulsi Gabbard — Fail
Harris attempted to attack Gabbard by saying Gabbard spent all her time before running for president trying to buddy up with Republicans. The problem is, Harris started attacking Gabbard’s bipartisan record right before she claimed to be a unifying figure.
3. Biden: I Don’t Need a Lecture From Tom Steyer on Climate Change
Steyer made a case for climate change the number one issue in his campaign, but Biden was not keen on being virtue signaled by a man who built coal mines.
“I don’t really need, kind of, a lecture from my friend. While I was passing the first climate change bill…my friend was producing more coal mines and produced more coal around the world,” Biden said.
Joe Biden: I don’t need a lecture from Tom Steyer, who was building coal mines while I was working on environmental issues and climate change.#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Am54uu9ls6
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 21, 2019
4. Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Need Pro-Life Democrats
When asked whether she thinks there is a place for pro-life Democrats in the Democratic Party, Warren essentially responded no.
“I believe that abortion rights are human rights. I believe that they are also economic rights. And protecting the right of a woman to be able to make decisions about her own body is fundamentally what we do and what we stand for as a Democratic Party,” Warren said.
Amy Klobuchar had a much more inclusive answer when asked if pro-life Democrats had a home in the Democratic Party.
“Yes, I think they’re part of our party,” Klobuchar said.
Amy Klobuchar just told me she DOES believe there is room for pro-life Democrats in the party
"Yes, I think they're part our party."
Contrast that with Elizabeth Warren saying there isn't any room for people who don't believe abortion is a human right.
— Chrissy Clark (@chrissyclark_) November 21, 2019
5. Pete Buttigieg Went Toe-To-Toe With Tulsi Gabbard
This interaction took place at the tail-end of the debate. It started with Gabbard calling Buttigieg too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief, especially due to comments he made about invading Mexico.
“Do you seriously think anybody on this stage is proposing invading Mexico?” Buttigieg asked.
In return, Buttigieg targeted Tulsi’s judgement for meeting with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Buttigieg said he would not have sat down with a “murderous dictator” like Assad.
Gabbard said she was proud of her judgement to work with both allies and adversaries. She then recalled previous presidents who sat down with dictators, such as John F. Kennedy, who met with the Soviet Union’s Nikita Kruschev. As Gabbard listed examples, Buttigieg chimed in by saying President Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jung-Un.
This exchange between @TulsiGabbard and @PeteButtigieg is 🔥🔥 #DemocraticDebate
— Max Lewis (@MaxLewisTV) November 21, 2019
6. Amy Klobuchar Raised $17,000 for Campaigns From Ex-Boyfriends
Klobuchar got on staged and bragged about raising $17,000 for previous campaigns from ex-boyfriends.
“My first Senate race, I literally called everyone I knew and I set what is still an all-time Senate record — I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends,” Klobuchar said.
"I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends." pic.twitter.com/Or8RJP2tcl
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 21, 2019
7. Moderators Were Partisan Hacks, Especially Maddow
These are Trump campaign advertisements in the making. The so called “moderators” asked some of the most ridiculously partisan questions. Most of these came from Rachel Maddow, the same woman who cried on air when Trump was elected president.
Watch a collaboration of all the ridiculous questions asked here:
Montage: MSNBC “moderators” lure Dems’ already left-wing 2020 candidates even further left pic.twitter.com/2kDVF9k3hi
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 21, 2019
8. Biden Said the Only African-American Senator Supported Him — Wrong
While touting his record of support among black Americans, Biden gaffed — again — and said he has the support of the only African-American woman elected to the Senate.
“They know me, they know who I am. Three former chairs of the Black Caucus, the only African-American woman that’s ever been elected to the United States Senate,” Biden said.
Booker and Harris interjected to remind Biden that Harris was not the first or last African-American woman to be elected to the Senate.
Biden meant to say the first African-American woman elected to the Senate, not the only.
Joe Biden overstated when he claimed he enjoys the support of “the only African-American woman that’s ever been elected to the United States Senate.”
Kamala Harris: No. That's not true. The other one is here. 🤷🏽♀️
Watch at 0:40:https://t.co/l8SRQ7wyuR pic.twitter.com/0FtKPcmLoz
— POLITICO (@politico) November 21, 2019
9. Harris Brags About Going Toe-To-Toe With Jeff Sessions, William Barr, and Brett Kavanaugh.
Harris attempted to showcase her record as a tough candidate, but she chose some pretty terrible examples.
“I believe we have to have the ability to not only have a nominee who can go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump. And I have taken on Jeff Sessions, I have taken on Bill Barr, I have taken on Brett Kavanaugh. I know I have the ability to do that.”
There’s only one problem here: all three of those individuals were confirmed.
Kamala Harris on why she's qualified to be President:
"I have taken on Jeff Sessions, I have taken on Bill Barr, I have taken on Brett Kavanaugh. I know I have the ability to do that."
ALL THREE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE CONFIRMED LOL pic.twitter.com/DJUAWzsbzZ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 21, 2019
10. Andrew Yang Skewers ‘Objective’ Journalists at the Washington Post
It took 32 minutes for the moderators to acknowledge Yang during the debate. During his post-debate interview with the Washington Post, Yang seemed to mock the journalists for their “objective” reporting.
“Washington Post: Objective reporting. ‘Democracy dies in darkness.’ Is that you guys?” Yang asked.
“Washington Post: Objective reporting! ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ Is that you guys?” – @AndrewYang during post #DemDebate @WashingtonPost Live coverage. #YangGang pic.twitter.com/d7nO561pL1
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2019