By Jenny Ferm
Impeachment was a major talking point at the fifth Democratic debate this week.
Much of the impeachment debate focused on the recent testimony from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. The democratic candidates held a united stance on the impeachment proceedings, this being one of the few issues they unanimously agreed on.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his recent controversy on race also sparked debate among candidates. Buttigieg’s popularity has surged in recent weeksBy
, his campaign pulling high numbers in early polls in New Hampshire and Iowa.
Former Vice President Joe Biden also found himself in a few slip-ups in the debate. Biden expressed his determination to combat violence against women by saying it was necessary to “keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it”.
Later in the night, Biden claimed he had the support of “the only African American woman that had ever been elected to the United States Senate”, despite California Sen. Kamala Harris standing a few feet away from him.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker jumped in discussions frequently since he still hasn’t qualified to participate in the December debate. He argued against Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax saying democrats needed to focus more on “giving more people opportunities to create wealth, to grow businesses, to have their American dream”.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed his stance on climate change at many different points in the debate, even without being asked. “What the scientists are telling us is, if we don’t get our act together within the next eight or nine years, we’re talking about cities all over the world, major cities, going under water,” said Sanders in response to a question about climate change.
The debate also focused on topics of voters’ rights, childcare, and foreign policy.