Debate: Candidates briefly unite over Trump


National News

October 16, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the Democratic Presidential Debate Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Democratic candidates found common ground in denouncing President Donald Trump, but struck a more fractious tone on healthcare, gun policy and money in politics during a crowded presidential primary debate Tuesday night.

The most pointed broadsides were aimed at Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, reflecting her ascendance in the polls, while she and fellow septuagenarian rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, sought to assure voters they are hardy enough to occupy the Oval Office.

Twelve candidates — the most ever to appear on a debate stage — squared off in an arena on the leafy campus of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, a state Democrats lost to Trump by 8 percentage points in 2016. In the Rust Belt setting, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota eschewed “Midwestern nice” for a more pugnacious approach in selling themselves as the best candidates to take back the state.

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