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Friday, February 7th, 2020

We’re watching the eighth 2020 Democratic presidential debate. Join us!

Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the eighth Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial debate of the 2020 cycle.

NPI staff are watch­ing and shar­ing impres­sions of the debate as it pro­gress­es, which will take place over the course of sev­er­al hours in Man­ches­ter, New Hamp­shire. ABC is the media part­ner for this DNC-sanc­tioned debate along with its Man­ches­ter affil­i­ate WMUR and Apple News.

The debate will run for three hours, from 5 PM Pacif­ic to 8 PM Pacif­ic.

Here’s how you can tune in:

In addi­tion to watch­ing on ABC, view­ers can get up-to-the-minute cov­er­age about the can­di­dates and issues as the debates unfolds on the iPhone’s free Apple News app. Not only can view­ers watch the debate, but they can click on a feed of live updates to see more infor­ma­tion, includ­ing real-time updates, analy­sis and explain­er guides from ABC News’ top cor­re­spon­dents and experts.

And here’s an overview of the for­mat and mod­er­a­tor line­up:

Chief Anchor George Stephanopou­los, “World News Tonight” Anchor and Man­ag­ing Edi­tor David Muir and ABC News Live Anchor Lin­sey Davis will mod­er­ate the debate.

Join­ing them will be WMUR-TV Polit­i­cal Direc­tor Adam Sex­ton and WMUR-TV News Anchor Mon­i­ca Her­nan­dez.

Can­di­dates will have one minute and fif­teen sec­onds to answer direct ques­tions and forty-five sec­onds for rebut­tals, at the dis­cre­tion of the mod­er­a­tors. Can­di­dates will not make open­ing or clos­ing state­ments, but there will be a clos­ing ques­tion.

Tonight’s line­up of sev­en can­di­dates is iden­ti­cal to the Decem­ber debate line­up.

  • For­mer May­or Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indi­ana
  • U.S. Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders vof Ver­mont
  • U.S. Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren of Mass­a­chu­setts
  • For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden
  • U.S. Sen­a­tor Amy Klobuchar of Min­neso­ta
  • Bil­lion­aire Tom Stey­er
  • Entre­pre­neur Andrew Yang

Our live cov­er­age begins below.

UPDATE, 4:57 PM (Ruairi): Wel­come to NPI’s cov­er­age of the eighth Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial debate! Sev­en can­di­dates face each oth­er in Man­ches­ter, NH, in the after­math of Iowa’s cau­cus déba­cle.

UPDATE, 5:03 PM (Ruairi): The debate will be mod­er­at­ed by ABC’s George Stephanopou­los, David Muir and Lin­sey Davis.

UPDATE, 5:03 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er is the first on stage, sport­ing his favourite plaid tie

UPDATE, 5:04 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er is fol­lowed by the two female can­di­dates in this debate, Amy Klobuchar and Eliz­a­beth War­ren.

UPDATE, 5:05 PM (Ruairi): Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the fron­trun­ners, will be cen­ter stage. Pete Buttigieg walks onto stage to a huge cheer.

UPDATE, 5:05 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang jogs onto stage to join his rival can­di­dates.

UPDATE, 5:06 PM (Ruairi): Joe Biden is asked about the results of Iowa – why did Sanders and Buttigieg beat him? “I took a hit in Iowa, and I’ll take a hit here [in New Hamp­shire],” Biden pre­dicts.

UPDATE, 5:07 PM (Ruairi): Biden is asked if Buttigieg and Sanders are “too big a risk.” Biden says: “Bernie’s labelled him­self a Demo­c­ra­t­ic Social­ist.”

UPDATE, 5:07 PM (Ruairi): Biden calls out Buttigieg’s biggest weak­ness – Buttigieg doesn’t have a broad coali­tion of minor­i­ty vot­ers.

UPDATE, 5:08 PM (Ruairi): Asked if he is wor­ried about Trump’s attacks on him. He says no because “Don­ald Trump lies all the time!”

UPDATE, 5:09 PM (Ruairi): Sanders calls for uni­ty among Democ­rats in order to beat Trump. He says that the way to beat Trump is by increas­ing vot­er turnout.

UPDATE, 5:09 PM (Ruairi): Asked about low turnout in Iowa, Sanders says that “young peo­ple turned out in big­ger num­bers than they did in Obama’s cam­paign in 2008.”

UPDATE, 5:10 PM (Ruairi): Amy Klobuchar says that she is con­cerned about a “demo­c­ra­t­ic social­ist” at the top of the tick­et. She argues that such a label next to the nom­i­nee’s name will “shut peo­ple out.”

UPDATE, 5:10 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says she can “bring in independents…as well as mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans.” She says that Trump’s “worst night­mare” is a can­di­date who brings in “the mid­dle.”

UPDATE, 5:11 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er says that “after this week, there’s a real threat that Don­ald Trump could be reelect­ed.”

UPDATE, 5:12 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says that a can­di­date has to appeal to a diverse group of vot­ers, but by men­tion­ing lati­no and black vot­ers he seems to be attack­ing Buttigieg more than Sanders.

UPDATE, 5:12 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang says “Amer­i­ca, it’s great to be back on the debate stage,” before refer­ring to his sig­na­ture pro­gram – $1,000 a month for every Amer­i­can (the Free­dom Div­i­dend).

UPDATE, 5:13 PM (Ruairi): Yang says that the cap­i­tal­ist-social­ist dichoto­my is out of date. He says that prof­its and the econ­o­my aren’t the only met­rics to watch.

UPDATE, 5:13 PM (Ruairi): Yang calls for a “human cen­tered ver­sion of cap­i­tal­ism.”

UPDATE, 5:14 PM (Ruairi): Eliz­a­beth War­ren launch­es straight into her stump speech against cor­po­rate-con­trolled gov­ern­ment.

UPDATE, 5:14 PM (Ruairi): “That is cor­rup­tion, pure and sim­ple… that’s what we can run on!” War­ren says that Democ­rats should be on the side of hard-work­ing peo­ple.

UPDATE, 5:15 PM (Ruairi): Instead of attack­ing any oth­er can­di­date, War­ren choos­es to call for a unit­ed front behind anti-cor­rup­tion poli­cies.

UPDATE, 5:15 PM (Ruairi): Pete Buttigieg says he isn’t inter­est­ed in labels. “Polit­i­cal­ly, we’re fac­ing a fun­da­men­tal­ly new prob­lem” in Don­ald Trump.

UPDATE, 5:16 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that Sanders is say­ing “it’s my way or the high way.” Buttigieg direct­ly claims that Sanders’ poli­cies are polar­iz­ing.

UPDATE, 5:17 PM (Ruairi): Sanders: “Need­less to say, I’ve nev­er said that!” He says that “the way you bring peo­ple together…you raise the min­i­mum wage to 15 bucks an hour…make it clear you’re not going to give tax cuts to bil­lion­aires.”

UPDATE, 5:17 PM (Ruairi): Sanders describes the lack of uni­ver­sal sin­gle-pay­er health­care in the Unit­ed States as “an inter­na­tion­al dis­grace.”

UPDATE, 5:18 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that “there is a bet­ter way” to expand health­care. Buttigieg says he doesn’t want “to com­mand peo­ple to accept a pub­lic pro­gram if they don’t want it.”

UPDATE, 5:19 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says he is offer­ing a method­ol­o­gy that can both unite the coun­try and get “game chang­ing” stuff done.

UPDATE, 5:19 PM (Ruairi): Biden is very aggres­sive tonight. He launch­es imme­di­ate­ly into an attack on Medicare for All – “the idea mid­dle class tax­es aren’t going to go up is crazy!”

UPDATE, 5:20 PM (Ruairi): Joe Biden says that Bernie says “go fig­ure!” over the costs of Medicare for All. “I bust­ed my neck get­ting [the Patient Pro­tec­tion Act] passed, I know how hard it is!”

UPDATE, 5:21 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says: “If we do what Joe wants, we’ll spend $15 tril­lion on health­care” over ten years. He points out that Amer­i­cans spend more than any coun­try on health­care.

UPDATE, 5:21 PM (Ruairi): Sanders offers sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, say­ing that zero bil­lion a year is wast­ed on admin­is­trat­ing thou­sands of plans.

UPDATE, 5:22 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that Biden’s plan will ulti­mate­ly cost Amer­i­cans more. Biden snaps back: “My pro­pos­al gives you a choice.”

UPDATE, 5:22 PM (Ruairi): Biden returns to the point that Medicare For All would dou­ble the fed­er­al bud­get. Klobuchar jumps on the band­wag­on against Medicare For All.

UPDATE, 5:23 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar lash­es out against Sanders, War­ren and Buttigieg’s plans, and says she can offer lead­er­ship on “men­tal health­care, addic­tion and long term care.”

UPDATE, 5:24 PM (Ruairi): War­ren points out that thir­ty-six mil­lion Amer­i­cans reg­u­lar­ly can­not afford to fill a pre­scrip­tion. “It’s either that or gro­ceries, either that or pay rent on time.”

UPDATE, 5:24 PM (Ruairi): War­ren promis­es to use pres­i­den­tial pow­er “to reduce the cost of com­mon­ly used pre­scrip­tion drugs… We can start to make health­care bet­ter.”

UPDATE, 5:25 PM (Ruairi): Pete Buttigieg says that he “brings a dif­fer­ent perspective…that of some­body whose life has been shaped” by the Belt­way.

UPDATE, 5:26 PM (Ruairi): Biden argues “the pol­i­tics of the past, I think, were not all that bad.” He points to a vari­ety of leg­isla­tive efforts he spear­head­ed.

UPDATE, 5:26 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion “was just he begin­ning of the future.”

UPDATE, 5:27 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that the next pres­i­dent will face chal­lenges that are dif­fer­ent from the Oba­ma era. “We can­not solve the prob­lems before us by look­ing back.”

UPDATE, 5:27 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg declares that he wants to invite “future for­mer Repub­li­cans” to “turn the page.”

UPDATE, 5:28 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar brings up impeach­ment. She applauds the courage of Doug Jones of Louisiana and Mitt Rom­ney of Utah.

UPDATE, 5:29 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar crit­i­cizes Buttigieg’s com­ments about impeach­ment being bor­ing. She says “we have a new­com­er in the White House, and look where it got us!”

UPDATE, 5:30 PM (Ruairi): Sanders launch­es into a list of the prob­lems in the Amer­i­can health sys­tem: “Why is it!… we’ve been talk­ing about health­care in this coun­try for one hun­dred years!”

UPDATE, 5:31 PM (Ruairi): Tak­ing a leaf from Warren’s rhetoric, Sanders says that we have to “take on” the insur­ance indus­try and drug com­pa­nies. “This coun­try belongs to all of us, not a hand­ful of spe­cial inter­ests!”

UPDATE, 5:32 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er jumps in: “The ques­tion is, how do we beat Don­ald Trump? We’re going to have to take Mr Trump down on the econ­o­my,” ref­er­enc­ing the Clin­ton cam­paign of the 1990s.

UPDATE, 5:32 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er is hav­ing his best moment of the debates so far: “If we win, we can get the right thing Bernie, and I’m with you!”

UPDATE, 5:33 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that Democ­rats can win by putting up some­body “who’s not afraid…to remind Amer­i­cans that God does not belong to a polit­i­cal par­ty.” He refers to his back­ground in Indi­ana and mil­i­tary ser­vice.

UPDATE, 5:34 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg: “We feel a sense of exhaus­tion watch­ing the division…I see that temp­ta­tion to walk away from it all.”

UPDATE, 5:35 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang says “Don­ald Trump is not the cause of our prob­lem… he is the symp­tom of a dis­ease that’s been grow­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

UPDATE, 5:35 PM (Ruairi): Yang says that “com­mu­ni­ties are see­ing their way of life get­ting blown to smithereens” by indus­tri­al changes and cor­po­rate monop­o­lies.

UPDATE, 5:36 PM (Ruairi): The debate turns to the Sen­ate’s fail­ure to con­vict Trump. War­ren is asked if she would inves­ti­gate Trump if elect­ed.

UPDATE, 5:36 PM (Ruairi): “No one is above the law and that includes the pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States.” War­ren wants to “reestab­lish the rule of law in this coun­try” and would have an inde­pen­dent com­mis­sion look into Trump’s wrong­do­ing while in office.

UPDATE, 5:37 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that peo­ple “are los­ing faith in our gov­ern­ment… they see a gov­ern­ment that just works great if you’re rich!”

UPDATE, 5:37 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that “it’s not enough to sim­ply talk about the future.” She lays out her pro­gres­sive agen­da, but says we can only do it by tak­ing on cor­rup­tion.

UPDATE, 5:38 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang is asked about his com­ments about impeach­ment. He says that throw­ing past pres­i­dents in jail is a bad prece­dent.

UPDATE, 5:39 PM (Ruairi): Yang wants to focus on the future, and says that the Amer­i­can peo­ple want the pres­i­dent to focus on the future.

UPDATE, 5:40 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that the tru­ly hor­ri­fy­ing part of the Sen­ate’s refusal to con­vict Trump, ” is the prece­dent that is set.” He lays out what a pres­i­dent could do with this prece­dent.

UPDATE, 5:40 PM (Ruairi): Sanders: “The sad­dest aspect of this whole thing is that there are Repub­li­cans in the Sen­ate who knew better…with the excep­tion of Mitt Rom­ney, they didn’t have the guts.”

UPDATE, 5:41 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er says that Repub­li­cans “have cov­ered up the truth,” but the focus of Democ­rats should be on win­ning.

UPDATE, 5:41 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er: “Is he a crook? I knew that two years ago!” Stey­er says that Trump is a threat to the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

UPDATE, 5:42 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg is asked whether nom­i­nat­ing Biden would be a threat because the Repub­li­cans are inves­ti­gat­ing him. “No,” says Buttigieg.

UPDATE, 5:42 PM (Ruairi): Trump “would seek to weaponize a son against his own father.” Buttigieg brings a note of uni­ty to the debate.

UPDATE, 5:43 PM (Ruairi): Biden, vis­i­bly upset by the con­ver­sa­tion, says that Trump will lie about any­one the Democ­rats nom­i­nate. He than calls for a stand­ing ova­tion for Colonel Vin­d­man, the whistle­blow­er who was fired by Trump.

UPDATE, 5:44 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar is asked about Hillary Clinton’s vicious attacks on Sanders. Biden, smil­ing, hugs Sanders.

UPDATE, 5:44 PM (Andrew): That was a pret­ty cool moment and a nice show of uni­ty. Brings to mind a cou­ple of the hap­pi­er moments from the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic debates, when Hillary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders stood unit­ed.

UPDATE, 5:45 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar refers to drug leg­is­la­tion that she and Sanders worked togeth­er on. “We got four­teen Repub­li­can votes…it’s just an exam­ple of what we have to do here.”

UPDATE, 5:45 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar wants to offer “an opti­mistic Amer­i­ca” for vot­ers. She calls out Trump’s com­ments on the tax bill to friends at Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE, 5:46 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says she doesn’t know if Sanders’ pro­grams will get Repub­li­can sup­port. “I’m the only one who has con­sis­tent­ly won in red dis­tricts… I have a way of work­ing with peo­ple.”

UPDATE, 5:47 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says, “I must con­fess, I don’t get too many news­pa­per edi­tors’ sup­port,” before turn­ing to Clinton’s cri­tique.

UPDATE, 5:48 PM (Ruairi): Sanders wants to “look for­ward, not back to 2016.” He says that in Ver­mont, as a can­di­date, he secured 25% of the Repub­li­can vote. “I passed more bipar­ti­san amend­ments on the floor of the House…than any oth­er mem­ber of the House.”

UPDATE, 5:48 PM (Ruairi): Sanders: “There are ways that we can work with Repub­li­cans on cer­tain issues. Let’s do that.”

UPDATE, 5:49 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg is asked about the death of Iran’s Gen­er­al Suleimani – would he have ordered the strike? Buttigieg says “there is no evi­dence” that the strike was jus­ti­fied.

UPDATE, 5:50 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that Trump’s aggres­sion against Iran “didn’t start with Suleimani,” but start­ed with the with­draw­al from the Iran nuclear deal.

UPDATE, 5:51 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg recounts meet­ing a for­mer mil­i­tary com­rade – “Peo­ple in uni­form will do what­ev­er the Unit­ed States requires of them. Keep U.S. pol­i­tics out of it!”

UPDATE, 5:52 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that a strike deci­sion “depends on the circumstances…this is not an episode of 24!” Dis­cussing intel­li­gence reports, he says, “I don’t think he even reads it!”

UPDATE, 5:53 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that “there’s no evi­dence yet of immi­nent threat” over Suleimani. Biden says the Unit­ed States is “alone, with­out friends” in the Mid­dle East.

UPDATE, 5:53 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that if his son Beau were in Iraq today, “I’d have been so mad [about the strike], I don’t know what I would have done!”

UPDATE, 5:54 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says there are a lot of bad actors around the world. “You can­not go around say­ing you’re a bad guy, we’re gonna assas­si­nate you…you’re open­ing the door to inter­na­tion­al anar­chy!”

UPDATE, 5:55 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says we have to “bring coun­tries around the world togeth­er” through “debate and dis­cus­sion at the U.N.”

UPDATE, 5:55 PM (Ruairi): War­ren is asked about Afghanistan. Would she lis­ten to gen­er­als who want to remain in the coun­try?

UPDATE, 5:56 PM (Ruairi): War­ren recounts expe­ri­ence as a sen­a­tor, tour­ing the region: “Nobody can describe what win­ning looks like, all they can describe is end­less war.”

UPDATE, 5:56 PM (Andrew): ABC has done a ter­ri­ble job with ques­tions so far today. The premise and fram­ing of near­ly every ques­tion has been bad. Very bad.

UPDATE, 5:57 PM (Ruairi): “What has all these years of war brought us?” asks War­ren. “We sent our troops in and they did their best… it is time to bring our com­bat troops home.”

UPDATE, 5:57 PM (Ruairi): War­ren is pressed on the issue: “I want to hear the plan…I want to hear where our allies are… it can’t just be the Unit­ed States wag­ing end­less war.”

UPDATE, 5:59 PM (Ruairi): Biden is asked if War­ren is wrong. “I’m not sure if she wants to pull all troops out of the Mid­dle East.” He talks about the Oba­ma Administration’s pol­i­cy to con­tain the Islam­ic State group.

UPDATE, 5:59 PM (Ruairi): Biden attacks Trump’s deci­sion to with­draw from Kur­dish-held areas of Syr­ia, say­ing U.S. troops had their heads down in shame.

UPDATE, 6:00 PM (Ruairi): “There is no pos­si­bil­i­ty of unit­ing that coun­try,” says Biden, refer­ring to Afghanistan. He wants a small U.S. pres­ence to restrain ter­ror­ism.

UPDATE, 6:01 PM (Andrew): At least half of ABC’s debate ques­tions have been craft­ed to invite the Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates to attack each oth­er, often using right wing fram­ing. This is shame­ful and out­ra­geous.

UPDATE, 6:01 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg, on the 2003 Iraq inva­sion, says “the Vice Pres­i­dent made the wrong deci­sion.”

He lays out the for­eign pol­i­cy issues that next pres­i­dent will face.

UPDATE, 6:01 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg wants to “be ready for the future,” rather than have Trump’s “17th cen­tu­ry” approach to secu­ri­ty.

UPDATE, 6:02 PM (Ruairi): Biden says he was deceived by Bush over Iraq (in fact, he sup­port­ed the occu­pa­tion, even after the U.S. inva­sion in 2003).

UPDATE, 6:03 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that, unless the Democ­rats win, NATO will fall apart. He touts his inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ence: ”I know every one of these lead­ers by name.”

UPDATE, 6:04 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er is asked about his for­eign pol­i­cy expe­ri­ence. He says that the mil­i­tary-focused approach to for­eign pol­i­cy is a symp­tom of cor­rup­tion

UPDATE, 6:05 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er asks how the mil­i­tary will help solve cli­mate change – that will take diplo­ma­cy. Biden jumps in, say­ing he has had a part of every diplo­mat­ic effort of the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion.

UPDATE, 6:06 PM (Ruairi): Biden says “we must keep our com­mit­ments when we make them, oth­er­wise we have no power…it doesn’t require large num­ber of troops, I nev­er said that!”

UPDATE, 6:06 PM (Ruairi): Sanders repeats his catch­phrase: “I not only opposed [the Iraq] War, I helped lead the oppo­si­tion” in 2003.

UPDATE, 6:07 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says cli­mate change “is not an Amer­i­can issue, it;s’a glob­al issue… here is my dream… instead of spend­ing [huge sums] of mon­ey a year on weapons of destruc­tion, maybe we pool our resources” against cli­mate change.

UPDATE, 6:14 PM (Ruairi): The debate turns specif­i­cal­ly to issues that are espe­cial­ly rel­e­vant to New Hamp­shire.

UPDATE, 6:14 PM (Ruairi): Pete Butigieg is asked about drug over­dos­es. He has argued that “incar­cer­a­tion should no longer be the response to drug pos­ses­sion.”

UPDATE, 6:15 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that “some of this has been dri­ven by drug com­pa­nies that were irre­spon­si­ble,” refer­ring to law­suits against drug com­pa­nies in South Bend, his city.

UPDATE, 6:16 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg calls for more men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als. Andrew Yang is asked if he would man­date treat­ment for drug over­dos­es.

UPDATE, 6:17 PM (Ruairi): Yang says “you have to look at the com­pa­nies that profited…as Pres­i­dent we will take back those prof­its.” He says that the opi­oid epi­dem­ic hap­pened “on the government’s watch.”

UPDATE, 6:18 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang also calls for less puni­tive mea­sures against opi­oid users. He says that the opi­oid epi­dem­ic is an issue that is affect­ed by cor­po­rate cor­rup­tion.

UPDATE, 6:18 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar is asked if, as a pros­e­cu­tor, she regrets send­ing drug users to jail. “We weren’t a busi­ness, we didn’t want to see repeat cus­tomers.”

UPDATE, 6:19 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar promis­es to use mon­ey from a fed­er­al law­suit against opi­oid pro­duc­ers (approx­i­mate­ly bil­lion) to pay for addic­tion treat­ment.

UPDATE, 6:19 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says “I will get this done, and it is per­son­al for me.”

UPDATE, 6:20 PM (Ruairi): Sanders is asked about gun con­trol. He vot­ed against gun reg­u­la­tion in the 1990s.

“In 1988, I said we should ban the sale of assault weapons.”

UPDATE, 6:21 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that gun pol­i­cy won’t be “dic­tat­ed by the NRA.” He says that Ver­mont is a rur­al, pro-gun state. “I rep­re­sent­ed that perspective…the world has changed and my views have changed.”

UPDATE, 6:22 PM (Ruairi): Sanders gives a good expla­na­tion for his gun pol­i­cy record. Biden is asked about his own gun record, and whether Sanders can be giv­en the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

UPDATE, 6:23 PM (Ruairi): Biden attacks Sanders’ vote for loop­holes for man­u­fac­tur­ers. He says that, while he was push­ing for gun con­trol, Sanders was vot­ing against him.

UPDATE, 6:24 PM (Ruairi): War­ren is asked about America’s “gun cul­ture.”

She says that the coun­try has “a gun vio­lence prob­lem,” talk­ing about mass shoot­ings, domes­tic vio­lence, sui­cide and oth­er issues.

UPDATE, 6:25 PM (Ruairi): “We need to think of it just like auto safe­ty!” War­ren refers to the over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port for more gun con­trol and lack of leg­is­la­tion – “it is the gun indus­try that con­tin­ues to call the shots.”

UPDATE, 6:25 PM (Ruairi): War­ren uses gun con­trol as an argu­ment to “roll back the fil­i­buster.”

UPDATE, 6:26 PM (Ruairi): The debate moves to the Supreme Court and abor­tion. Biden is asked if he would apply a “lit­mus test on abor­tion.”

UPDATE, 6:27 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that he didn’t apply a “spe­cif­ic test, but a gener­ic test.” He says he was “part of the rea­son why” jus­tices Kagan, Bad­er-Gins­burg and Sotomay­or got onto the court.

UPDATE, 6:28 PM (Ruairi): Biden launch­es into a robust defense of abor­tion. War­ren says “I’ve lived in an Amer­i­ca where abor­tion is ille­gal and rich women still got abor­tions.”

UPDATE, 6:29 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that “we can’t sim­ply rely on the courts…3 out of 4 peo­ple believe that Roe v Wade should be the law.” She calls for a law to enshrine Roe v Wade.

UPDATE, 6:29 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says that “I would only appoint judges that respect prece­dent and one of those prece­dents in Roe v Wade.”

UPDATE, 6:30 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar refers to the 2016 cam­paigm, when Trump promised to put women and doc­tors who per­form abor­tions in jail.

UPDATE, 6:31 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg is asked about expand­ing the court. “What I’ve called for is…structural reform so that some of the jus­tices are not appoint­ed by a par­ti­san process.”

UPDATE, 6:32 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg sup­ports the idea of mak­ing con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments to tack­le Supreme Court reform and bring­ing down Cit­i­zens Unit­ed.

UPDATE, 6:32 PM (Ruairi): Biden says he pushed for a law to take down mon­ey in pol­i­tics decades against. “Who­ev­er has the major­i­ty [of the Supreme Court] will have the abil­i­ty to abuse it.”

UPDATE, 6:33 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that “we must win back the Unit­ed States Senate…who is most like­ly to help get a Sen­ate elect­ed.” He says that he can not only win the pres­i­den­cy, but win the Sen­ate.

UPDATE, 6:34 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that he would nev­er appoint a jus­tice against Roe v Wade, leg­is­late on it, and sup­port Planned Par­ent­hood.

UPDATE, 6:35 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says that, on the courts, “the Repub­li­cans refused to give Pres­i­dent Oba­ma his due.” He says that the Repub­li­cans are stack­ing courts for future gen­er­a­tions with “young, right-wing rad­i­cals.”

UPDATE, 6:35 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says “we have not said one word tonight about race…are you kid­ding me!”

He says that Democ­rats need to get vot­ers to the polls.

UPDATE, 6:36 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says that Democ­rats can win on all the issues if they beat Trump on the econ­o­my.

UPDATE, 6:37 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg is asked about unequal polic­ing in his home city that hap­pened under his lead­er­ship. “Sys­temic racism has pen­e­trat­ed o every lev­el of our sys­tem and my city is not immune.”

UPDATE, 6:38 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg: “Opi­oid addi­ca­tion is best described as a med­ical prob­lem.” He makes a pitch to black vot­ers, say­ing he will make reforms to incar­cer­a­tion over drugs.

UPDATE, 6:39 PM (Ruairi): How does he explain the increase in mar­i­jua­na arrests of black peo­ple in South Bend on his watch. He says that drug enforce­ment was tar­get­ed to tack­le vio­lence.

UPDATE, 6:40 PM (Ruairi): War­ren is asked if Buttigieg’s answer was sub­stan­tial. “No. You have to own up to the facts!” War­ren refers to stud­ies that show that black peo­ple are mis­treat­ed through­out the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

UPDATE, 6:40 PM (Ruairi): “We need to start hav­ing race-con­scious laws!” War­ren points to his­toric dis­crim­i­na­tion against blacks through­out U.S. leg­is­la­tion.

UPDATE, 6:41 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang says “you can’t reg­u­late against racism.” Refer­ring to Mar­tin Luther King, he says that King sup­port­ed uni­ver­sal basic income.

UPDATE, 6:42 PM (Ruairi): Yang says that his UBI pro­gram will give black and lati­no peo­ple “buy­ing pow­er.” Stey­er says “I dis­agree with you, Andrew… I am for repa­ra­tions.”

UPDATE, 6:42 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er calls out a mem­ber of Joe Biden’s cam­paign (Dick Harput­lian) who made racist com­ments against a Stey­er cam­paign­er in South Car­oli­na.

UPDATE, 6:43 PM (Ruairi): Biden defends him­self by say­ing that he has more sup­port from the South Car­oli­na African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty than any­one.

UPDATE, 6:44 PM (Ruairi): Sanders inter­jects, say­ing call­ing for an end to the War on Drugs, pri­vate pris­ons, and oth­er sys­tems of racism in the U.S. “We’re gonna end cash bail,” Sanders says.

UPDATE, 6:45 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says “I’ve worked to end cash bail in Cal­i­for­nia, and it’s gone!” Stey­er wants Biden to dis­avow the state­ments of his cam­paign aide.

UPDATE, 6:45 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that the aide “is sor­ry for what he said.” Biden swift­ly turns away from the ques­tion, say­ing that the Democ­rats need to stop “tak­ing the black com­mu­ni­ty for grant­ed.”

UPDATE, 6:46 PM (Ruairi): Biden calls for a wide array of pro­grams to help minor­i­ty com­mu­ni­ties across the board, from pris­ons to hous­ing. Biden says the civ­il rights move­ment “got me involved in the first place.”

UPDATE, 6:47 PM (Ruairi): Biden starts to argue for increased invest­ment in edu­ca­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly hir­ing more African Amer­i­can men as teach­ers.

UPDATE, 6:48 PM (Ruairi): Sanders is asked if he agrees with Nina Turn­er that Biden has “betrayed” African Amer­i­cans. Sanders says: “Biden is a friend, and I’m not here to attack him.”

UPDATE, 6:48 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says there is “no excuse” for var­i­ous inequal­i­ties between black and white fam­i­lies.

UPDATE, 6:49 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says “we know that there are eco­nom­ic solu­tions here… there is some­thing else insid­i­ous here.” She calls out sys­tem­at­ic vot­ing sup­pres­sion across the U.S.

UPDATE, 6:49 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar wants to “stop the vot­ing purges…they are dis­crim­i­nat­ing with sur­gi­cal pre­ci­sion against these African Amer­i­can vot­ers.”

UPDATE, 6:50 PM (Ruairi): Biden agrees “com­plete­ly” with auto­mat­ic vot­er reg­is­tra­tion. He slight­ly los­es track of his train of thought before com­ing back to vot­ing sup­pres­sion.

UPDATE, 6:51 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that Democ­rats “talk about how impor­tant the black com­mu­ni­ty is – at least at elec­tion time.” She says that she can offer “real, con­crete plans” to help minor­i­ty com­mu­ni­ties.

UPDATE, 6:52 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that cut­ting stu­dent loan debt will dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly help out African Amer­i­cans.

UPDATE, 6:52 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er says, “out of nar­ra­tive, comes pol­i­cy.” He wants to “set up a com­mis­sion on race and deal with race explic­it­ly.”

UPDATE, 6:53 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er wants to “retell the sto­ry of the last four hun­dred years,” rec­og­niz­ing the moral lead­er­ship of the black com­mu­ni­ty in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

UPDATE, 6:54 PM (Ruairi): While Stey­er wants to hon­or black polit­i­cal heroes, Andrew Yang makes an eco­nom­ic argu­ment: “It’s an eco­nom­ic unnat­ur­al dis­as­ter, and we know who is worst affect­ed by nat­ur­al dis­as­ters.”

UPDATE, 6:55 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang wants to put “straight cash, into their hands.” He says that eco­nom­ic change will “hit black peo­ple the hard­est.”

UPDATE, 6:55 PM (Ruairi): War­ren is asked about Michael Bloomberg. “I don’t think any­one ought to be able to buy their way into a cam­paign!”

UPDATE, 6:56 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says “we want to end this unlim­it­ed spending…everyone on this stage except Amy and me is either a bil­lion­aire, or receiv­ing mon­ey from PACs.”

UPDATE, 6:57 PM (Ruairi): War­ren asks her vier­w­ers to “pitch in five bucks…our democ­ra­cy is in the bal­ance!” Klobuchar opines that she “can’t stand the big mon­ey in pol­i­tics.”

UPDATE, 6:57 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says that nobody looks at Tru­mop and thinks “can we get any­one rich­er?” (an implic­it attack on Bloomberg).

UPDATE, 6:58 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar recounts her work­ing-class roots in the Mid­west. She makes an effec­tive case for her via­bil­i­ty as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

UPDATE, 6:59 PM (Ruairi): Sanders wants to not only over­turn Cit­i­zens Unit­ed, but intro­duce pub­lic fund­ing of elec­tions. He direct­ly atacks Buttigieg for the “forty bil­lion­aires” who are con­tribut­ing to that cam­paign.

UPDATE, 7:00 PM (Ruairi): “Build a mass move­ment of work­ing peo­ple who are will­ing to stand up to, not take mon­ey from, bil­lion­aires,” says Sanders, wav­ing a fin­ger at Buttigieg.

UPDATE, 7:01 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg argues that he is the only per­son on stage who “isn’t a mil­lion­aire or a bil­lion­aire.” He argues that he doesn’t have wealthy sup­port­ers (which is patent­ly not true).

UPDATE, 7:02 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says “we need you to join us right now…this is a time for addi­tion, not sub­trac­tion, for belong­ing, not exclu­sion.”

UPDATE, 7:02 PM (Ruairi): Sanders is asked about the recent Trump trade deal. He says the New Hamp­shire sen­a­tors who vot­ed for the deal are wrong.

UPDATE, 7:03 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that he offers the most com­pre­hen­sive cli­mate action plan, and the trade deal is “sim­ply export­ing fos­sil fuel emis­sions to Mex­i­co.”

UPDATE, 7:04 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that job loss­es to Mex­i­co will con­tin­ue under the trade agree­ments nego­ti­at­ed by Trump’s regime. Klobuchar says Trump’s deal offered some improve­ments, so she vot­ed for it.

UPDATE, 7:05 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says the best way to tack­le cli­mate dam­age is to bring back Oba­ma-era poli­cies. “Hav­ing no trade agree­ment with Cana­da and Mex­i­co puts us at a dis­ad­van­tage,” when nego­ti­at­ing with Chi­na.

UPDATE, 7:06 PM (Ruairi): War­ren said Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers made the trade deal “a whole lot bet­ter.” She says that she vot­ed for the deal because it made life slight­ly bet­ter for Amer­i­can farm­ers and con­sumers.

UPDATE, 7:06 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er: “I got­ta agree with Bernie Sanders.” He says that “we have to stop mak­ing for­eign pol­i­cy deci­sions in the old way.”

UPDATE, 7:07 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says that the trade deal does offer pos­i­tive changes, but it shows wrong think­ing. “If we actu­al­ly want to be the leader of the world…we’re going to have to put cli­mate first…and ask, does that help us build a coali­tion of coun­tries around the world to do the right thing.”

UPDATE, 7:08 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says he would use access to U.S. mar­kets to bar­gain for cli­mate jus­tice. Klobuchar says “you’ve got to have some friends,” argu­ing that a deal with Mex­i­co and Cana­da helps the Unit­ed States.

UPDATE, 7:09 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says that when the Unit­ed States has oppor­tu­ni­ties to work with allies and doesn’t do it it will iso­late the coun­try.

UPDATE, 7:16 PM (Ruairi): The final ques­tion con­cerns child pover­ty. After ten straight years of eco­nom­ic growth, one in five chil­dren are liv­ing in pover­ty. What does that say about the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca?

UPDATE, 7:16 PM (Andrew): Final­ly, a decent ques­tion from the modaer­a­tors. Why could­n’t they have led off with this one? You’ll nev­er hear a ques­tion like this asked at a Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial debate.

UPDATE, 7:17 PM (Ruairi): Andrew Yang wants to put mon­ey “direct­ly into the hands of fam­i­lies.” He says that the mar­ket doesn’t val­ue stay-at-home moms, coach­es, most artists, many jour­nal­ists.

UPDATE, 7:18 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says that “we’re count­ing the wrong things… we’ve had an econ­o­my grow and not be able to lift up” peo­ple.

UPDATE, 7:19 PM (Ruairi): Buttigieg says “the Amer­i­can peo­ple want to see change.” He wants to “turn a new page, leave the pol­i­tics of the past in the past.”

UPDATE, 7:20 PM (Ruairi): War­ren says that “the best invest­ment we can make as human beings is to invest in our chil­dren.” Her wealth tax can pay for child­care and pre‑K edu­ca­tion, while rais­ing wages for child­care work­ers.

UPDATE, 7:20 PM (Ruairi): War­ren wants to “put real mon­ey” into health­care, edu­ca­tion, hous­ing and oth­er pro­grams to help lift peo­ple up.

UPDATE, 7:21 PM (Ruairi): Biden recounts his father los­ing a job. He was the poor­est man in Con­gress for many years: “I’ve nev­er focused on mon­ey for me… I was a sin­gle dad for years.”

UPDATE, 7:22 PM (Ruairi): Biden says that chil­dren are “the kite strings that raise our nation­al ambi­tion.” He wants to help edu­ca­tion through­out a child’s life, as well as cre­at­ing train­ing pro­grams.

UPDATE, 7:22 PM (Ruairi): Biden: “Every­one is enti­tled to be treat­ed with dig­ni­ty and respect, and we’re not doing it.”

UPDATE, 7:23 PM (Ruairi): Sanders says that the rea­son for child pover­ty is the same rea­son the Unit­ed States gives bil­lions to cor­po­ra­tions and has mas­sive drug prices. “That rea­son is that our pri­or­i­ties are deter­mined by the 1% and wealthy cam­paign con­trib­u­tors.”

UPDATE, 7:24 PM (Ruairi): “We say unashamed­ly that we are rais­ing our fund­ing not from bil­lion­aires, but from the work­ing class of this coun­try.” Sanders wants to “change our nation­al pri­or­i­ties.”

UPDATE, 7:25 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says that “we have not lost hope.” She has a plan to erad­i­cate child pover­ty in a gen­er­a­tion. “To get it done, we have to be able to reach vot­ers that we lost.”

UPDATE, 7:25 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says that Trump has “a com­plete lack of empa­thy.” She says, “I know you, and I will fight for you.”

UPDATE, 7:26 PM (Ruairi): Klobuchar says peo­ple who are tired of noise and extrem­ism “have a home with me.”

UPDATE, 7:27 PM (Ruairi): Tom Stey­er says the Repub­li­can plan is “pret­ty sim­ple. They want to cut tax­es on the rich­est cor­po­ra­tions.” He says, “it is true in every red state.”

UPDATE, 7:28 PM (Ruairi): Stey­er says that Trump “has no idea what pros­per­i­ty looks like across this coun­try.” He promis­es to com­bine mobil­i­ty, invest­ment and jus­tice. “Dream it, and make it hap­pen.”

UPDATE, 7:28 PM (Ruairi): With Steyer’s clos­ing com­ments, the New Hamp­shire debate is over.

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