Democrats’ civility gives way to combat in debate

Democratic presidential candidates came out swinging Wednesday at their latest debate. Newcomer Michael Bloomberg took much of the fierce criticism.


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February 20, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Democratic presidential candidates, from left, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential candidates played nice, talking up party unity, disagreeing mostly politely on policy.

No more.

Wednesday’s debate signaled a sharp turn in the Democratic contest, with civility giving way to a combustible conflict that laid bare both the ideological divisions roiling the party and the personal animosities that have simmered for months.

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