The conflict with Iran and healthcare for all: how did the last debate before the primaries of the democrats go
A discussion with six applicants takes place several weeks before the start of the primaries and caucus season, writes "Voice of America".
Potential Democratic presidential candidates met at the Iowa television debate on January 14. Three weeks later, on February 3, this state will open the primaries and caucus season, which will end with the announcement of an official candidate from the party. The focus of attention of the debate participants this time was the topic of Iran.
Six candidates took to the stage on Tuesday - Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigic, Amy Klobushar and Tom Steyer. The discussion that unfolded between the Democrats testifies to the growing tension between some of them. Debate takes place amid military tensions with Iran and the upcoming Senate impeachment trial in Senate.
War with Iran
At the very start of the debate, progressive Senator Bernie Sanders opposed former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders recalled that in 2002, he actively opposed Congressional approval of military action against Iraq, the Associated Press reports.
Sanders called the invasion of Iraq "the biggest foreign policy mistake in the modern history of this country."
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Biden acknowledged that his vote in support of the Iraq war was a “mistake” in 2002, but the former vice president recalled that Biden helped reduce the US military presence in the Middle East during his time in the Obama administration.
Joe Biden, the current Democratic candidate poll leader, faces serious opposition in the states that are the first to vote, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, especially from Senator Vermont Bernie Sanders. One recent survey showed that Sanders leads in Iowa.
At the same time, tensions are growing between Sanders and another representative of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren's position in recent polls has declined somewhat, but she still remains a strong candidate in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Elizabeth Warren, a former professor at Harvard University, and others have said they will take steps to bring thousands of American soldiers home from the Middle East. Warren said, "We must end thinking that the answer to the world's problems is to send American troops overseas." When asked if she would leave any combat units in the Middle East, she replied: “No, we must return them,” writes The voice of america.
Sanders said: "Americans are tired of endless wars."
The other strong candidate in the states voting first is the former mayor of South Bend in Indiana, Pete Buttigic. He, the only war veteran to participate in the debate, said that he could best serve as the country's commander in chief, because "the lessons of the past are personal to me." Rich environmentalist Tom Steyer argued that Trump “obviously has no strategy” in relations with Iran, and agreed with Biden that he would take the efforts of the international coalition to curb his nuclear ambitions.
Health for All
Biden, Sanders, Warren, Klobushar, and Buttijic once again disagreed on health policies, with Sanders and Warren continuing to push for revolutionary reforms to provide state health insurance for all Americans, while Biden, Klobushar, and Buttijic continued to advocate. measures that modify or rely on Obamacare, which is currently criticized by the Trump administration.
Sanders was asked about his estimates that his policy would double federal health spending and bankrupt the country. “No, my plan won't bankrupt the country,” Sanders replied, arguing that it would cut administrative costs and co-payments in ways that would lower overall health care costs. Klobuchar objected, "I think you should show how you are going to pay for this, Bernie."
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not meet the requirements for participating in the debate, but rose in polls after a massive advertising campaign on television in the hope of taking part in the primaries in March.
“I know how to create jobs and build a business not because I played the role of a business leader in a television show, but because I really was like that in real life,” said Bloomberg.
The outcome of the Iowa race is currently unclear, analyst John Fortier said.
"The race is quite mobile, but there is a clear leader - Joe Biden, and if he is not kicked off the horse in the first states, his positions seem pretty strong," said Fortier, who represents the Center for Bipartisan Politics.
The pace of the campaign will increase over the coming weeks as voters in Iowa and New Hampshire make their first judgments about the candidates.
Donald Trump criticized the Democrats during his campaign meeting in Milwaukee, writes “Radio Liberty“. In particular, the president noted that Sanders and left-wing radicals will not be able to defend the country. Commenting on his decision to assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Trump said Democrats should have resented the Iranian's war crimes, not the decision to eliminate him.
Democrats will determine their presidential candidate at the Milwaukee congress in July 2020. The Republicans did not have a popular rival for President Trump, and, as expected, for this party, the primaries will become just a formality.
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