This debate didn’t feature opening statements, opting to start with questions right off the bat. The candidates shared their thoughts on President Trump and impeachment. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sparred over their health care proposals.
The candidates then pivoted to jobs, wealth inequality, and foreign policy. Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer offered a reply to Bernie Sanders’ assertion that billionaires should not exist. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg butted heads with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) over President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.
Conversation then shifted to gun control, the opioid crisis and big tech, where Pete Buttigieg got into a heated exchange with Beto O’Rourke over mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and AK-47s.
The debate wrapped up with the candidates sharing personal stories about unlikely friendships. Businessman Andrew Yang recounted how he was able to sway a Trump voter over to his side.