UNITED STATES—Twelve candidates debated a variety of issues during the fourth Democratic Presidential on October 15, in Westerville, Ohio at the Otterbein University campus. The debate was co-hosted by the New York Times and CNN. Moderators included CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, along with the NYT national editor, Marc Lacey.
Candidates qualifying for the debate included: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
According to Ballotpedia, to qualify for the debate each candidate had to reach the $130,000 grassroots fundraising threshold unique contributors and poll 2 percent or better in 4 eligible polls by October 1. The full list of requirements can be found on the Ballotpedia website.
As candidates discussed their support of Medicaid for all, Bernie Sanders was quick to inform them that he was the original author of Medicaid for all platform.
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O’Rourke (D-TX) and Buttigieg (D-ID) got in a debate over gun control where Buttigieg slammed O’Rourke saying, “I don’t need lessons from you on courage.” Buttigieg’s campaign donations increased substantially following the debate.
Biden did flounder during the debate and spent a good portion of his time berating President Donald Trump. He discussed his time as Vice President saying he, “was the only candidate on stage that accomplished something big including the passing of the Violence Against Women Act, and the Affordable Care Act.”
He added, “[He] would fight to prevent any hearing for a Trump-nominated Justice during the election year, as was done during Barack Obama’s Presidency.”
Senator Harris called Senator Warren during the debate to join her on getting the POTUS banned from Twitter. Harris stated her intention to have the United States Department of Justice review state legislature on abortion for compliance with Roe v. Wade and the U.S. Constitution before it goes into effect.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard publicly called out FAKE NEWS media for allegedly attempting to rig the debate. She later called out news sources for a possible Smear Campaign.
I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig the 2020 primary. Not against Bernie this time, but against voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… –> https://t.co/x5P3GFGbyn pic.twitter.com/zBk9ONd3f5
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 11, 2019
The fifth Democratic Presidential Debate is scheduled to be held in Georgia on November 20. MSNBC and The Washington Post will host.