LAS VEGAS — Six candidates took the stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas for the Democratic presidential primary debate, including former Vice President Joe Biden; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and, for the first time, billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Here are five memorable moments from the event:
1. Warren takes aim at Bloomberg.
Wednesday’s debate began with fireworks as Warren immediately went after Bloomberg, saying there’s one candidate who has referred to women as “fat broads” and “horse-faced lesbians.”
“No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump; I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg," she continued, adding, "We are not going to win if we substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."
2. Klobuchar and Buttigieg spar over Mexico gaffe, political experience.
When Klobuchar was asked about her inability to name the president of Mexico during an interview a few days ago, she said his name, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, just slipped her mind. Buttigieg countered that part of her job as a senator is overseeing border issues, and he suggested she is not as prepared as she says she is.
“You’re on the committee that oversees border security,” he said. “You’re on the committee that does trade. You’re literally in part of the committee that’s overseeing these things and were not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south.”
Klobuchar shot back: “Are you trying to say that I’m dumb? Or are you mocking me here, Pete?”
She added that “people sometimes forget names” and touted her record, saying she has “won statewide in congressional district after congressional district."
”And I will say, when you tried in Indiana, Pete, to run, what happened to you? You lost by over 20 points to someone who later lost to my friend, Joe Donnelly," she continued. “So don’t tell me about experience.”
3. Bloomberg addresses his wealth following criticism from Sanders.
Sanders slammed Bloomberg, calling out the billionaire for owning “more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans."
”That’s wrong," Sanders continued. “That’s immoral.”
Moderator Chuck Todd then asked, “Mayor Bloomberg, should you exist?"
”I can’t speak for all billionaires," Bloomberg replied. “All I know is I’ve been very lucky, made a lot of money, and I’m giving it all away to make this country better. And a good chunk of it goes to the Democratic Party, as well.”
Todd pushed back, asking Bloomberg, “Should you have earned that much money?"
”Yes," Bloomberg said. “I worked very hard for it. And I’m giving it away.”
4. Warren blasts other candidates’ health care plans.
Warren didn’t hold back on the topic of health care, attacking the plans of everyone on stage.
"We need to get everybody’s health care plan out here," she began. “Mayor Buttigieg really has a slogan that was thought up by his consultants to paper over a thin version of a plan that would leave millions of people unable to afford their health care. It’s not a plan; it’s a PowerPoint.”
She added that Klobuchar’s plan was “like a Post-It note” that says, “Insert plan here.” Sanders, she said, “has a good start” but accused his campaign of “relentless attcks” on anyone who questions the details of his plan.
5. Protesters interrupt Biden’s closing statement.
As Biden attempted to give his closing statement, a group of protesters began shouting, “We don’t want you. We want the Migrant Justice Platform.”
According to Time, immigrant rights group RAICES said it was behind the protest.
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