Senator Elizabeth Warren was the main target of attacks during the fourth Democratic debate, with participants showing unity in the investigation prior to an impeachment trial of Trump and avoided questioning the performance of former Vice President Joe Biden regarding Ukraine.
The criticisms and challenges that several of the Democratic candidates addressed to Warren during the debate that is being held in Westerville (Ohio, USA) suggested that some increasingly see the senator, and not so much Biden, as the favorite in the race for the Democratic primary for the 2020 elections in the USA.
Warren was criticized by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar for their plan to push forward a public health care system in the United States, as well as by the latter and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke for their intention to impose a tax on the wealth of the wealthiest in the country.
“Sometimes I think Senator Warren is more focused on being punitive against a part of the country, rather than making sure we can help people in general,” O’Rourke said.
Warren responded, baffled, “I’m stunned by the idea that someone thinks I’m punitive”.
The Massachusetts senator has climbed in polls these past weeks in key states and has placed herself ahead of Biden in some national polls, so several of the party’s moderate-spectrum candidates, who have not dared to criticize the former vice president too much, decided to try their luck with her.
The Ohio debate was also the first since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in late September the opening of a pre-trial investigation against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Although the basis for that impeachment has to do with Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden, the Democratic hopefuls avoided any debate over the possibility that the former vice president would commit negligence related to his son Hunter’s Ukrainian interests.
“My son did nothing wrong, I did nothing wrong. (When I was vice-president) I carried out the policy of the American government, that of fighting corruption in Ukraine,” Biden said.
The rest of the candidates focused their words on defending the need for impeachment against Trump, and Senator Cory Booker even criticized the moderators for asking “statesman” Biden about it.
“That was offensive (…). The only person who has enjoyed seeing that from home has been Donald Trump,” Booker said.
The aspirants also condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria just before the Turkish offensive against the Turks, and Senator Bernie Sanders went so far as to declare that Turkey “is no longer an ally of the United States” because it is committing “mass murder”.