Democratic presidential candidates face off in a fourth debate

Politics

WESTERVILLE, Oh. (ABC NEWS) — Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate set the stage for new issues and based on the candidates’ criticism, a new frontrunner.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who’s been surging in recent polls, frequently finding herself on defense. At one point, asked yes or no, would her Medicare-for-all plan raise taxes, she said, “Costs go up for the wealthy and big corporations and for hard-working middle-class families, costs will go down.”

Other candidates then pouncing:

Pete Buttigieg said, “We heard it tonight: A yes or no question that didn’t get a yes or no answer.”

“You are making republican talking points right now in this room,” said Amy Klobuchar.

The jabs continuing later on.

“Senator Warren is more focused on being punitive or pitting some part of the country against each other,” Beto O’Rourke said.

Elizabeth Warren said, “This is about universal college, about investment in our HBCU’s, about making sure that we get rid of the student loan debt burden.”

Those attacks were a noticeable shift from the main target in previous debates: Vice President Joe Biden. Most candidates avoiding his entanglement with President Trump surrounding his son Hunter’s business deals in Ukraine.

“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said.

The common thread was the importance of defeating President Trump.

Cory Booker said, “We can’t criticize each other if we want to beat Trump.”

We’re still three-and-a-half months away from the Iowa caucus. Before that, the field could narrow. The next Democratic debate is in November and so far, only eight candidates have qualified. 

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