Debate Democrats in Iowa: barbs and criticism of Trump

Democratic contenders for the presidency quarreled with each other about US Middle East policy and medical reform

Six Democratic presidential candidates took part in a debate this time in Iowa on Tuesday night, December 14. The debate turned out to be emotional: each of the candidates for the presidential nomination tried to convince voters that it was he who had the fortitude and sufficient experience to defeat the incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 elections..
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who by his own definition is a Social Democrat, immediately questioned the foreign policy decisions made by former Vice President Joe Biden, who now tops the nationwide voter preference ratings, at the outset of the meeting. democrats.

War in Iraq

Sanders criticized Biden for the fact that in 2002 the former vice president, who at that time represented Delaware in the Senate, voted in favor of the American invasion of Iraq. Congress supported the war in Iraq, proceeding from the erroneous, as it later turned out, intelligence information that the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Bernie Sanders at the time opposed the invasion of Iraq.
The senator said that Biden voted for “the worst foreign policy mistake in the history of this country.” Biden, who has repeatedly publicly regretted that he “mistakenly” supported the invasion of Iraq, recalled that while working in the Obama administration, he actively worked on the withdrawal of more than 150 thousand American troops from Iraq and tried to end the conflict.
Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar said that at one time she also opposed the war in Iraq and accused Trump of “engaging us in another war.” Klobuchar was referring to Donald Trump’s order to eliminate Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. Suleimani’s death has led to a new round of tensions between the United States and Iran.

Elizabeth Warren

Biden and Sanders’ main rival, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, said she would like to withdraw thousands of American troops from the Middle East. When asked if she would have left the American military in the region, Warren said: “No, we have to withdraw them.”.
Bernie Sanders emphasized that “the American people are tired of endless wars”.
Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the only war veteran in yesterday’s debate, said he could be the best commander in chief because of “lessons from the past” from his own experience. Billionaire Tom Steyer said Trump “clearly has no strategy” with Iran and agreed with Biden that the international coalition should force Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions..

No variety

The Iowa debate has had the smallest number of candidates since last June, when Democrats regularly debated with each other in public. Tuesday’s debate was also the first to involve only white candidates. All applicants of African American, Latin American and Asian descent either dropped out of the race due to their inability to gain popularity among voters, or were unable to participate in the debate due to the fact that they did not meet the strict criteria stated by the organizers.
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, insists the party has a policy of ensuring ethnic minority representation and that the original cast of candidates – with roughly 20 candidates initially – was “the most ethnically diverse in American history.”.

Medicine for everyone

Biden, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar and Buttidzic have once again argued with each other over health care. Sanders and Warren continue to push for a revolutionary Canadian-style reform when all Americans have access to free medicine. Biden, Klobuchar and Buttidzic support more moderate reforms, in the form of changes to the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamaker.
During the debate, Sanders was asked to comment on a peer review that his proposed reform would double federal healthcare spending and lead the country to bankruptcy. “No, my plan will not bankrupt the country,” the Senator from Vermont replied. He explained that as a result of the implementation of his plan, administrative costs and additional payments will be reduced, which, on the contrary, will lead, on the contrary, to a reduction in public spending on medicine..
Amy Klobuchar responded by saying, “I think you should show how you are going to pay for this, Bernie.”.

Who Leads In Iowa

Biden, who is trying to run for the Democratic presidential nomination for the third time, has so far topped the nation’s Democratic voter preference ratings. However, the former vice president is inferior in popularity to his rivals in Iowa and in several other important states for the upcoming elections..
Bernie Sanders topped the state’s popularity rating last weekend in Iowa, according to a poll conducted last weekend by the Iowa Poll, with 20% of Democrats willing to vote in caucuses, an in-party nomination meeting. In second place in Iowa is Elizabeth Warren (17%), followed by Pete Buttidzic (16%), and Biden is only in fourth place – he is supported by only 15% of Democrats in the state..
Failure to support Biden in the first caucuses, soon to be held in Iowa, would deprive his campaign of the key argument that the former vice president has the best chance of defeating Trump..
However, more than half of the respondents said that they have not yet decided on their choice..
In another recent poll by Monmouth University, all four of these candidates have roughly the same level of support in the state, with Biden topping the rankings, followed by Sanders, Buttigieg and Warren..

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