Democratic debate highlights: Freeloading billionaires and Clinton’s legacy


(Information) – The fifth presidential debate featured sharp exchanges on Wednesday over U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax, the way to increase healthcare protection and which of the Democratic contenders is finest ready to steer.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates throughout their fifth 2020 marketing campaign debate on the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 20, 2019. Information/Brendan McDermid

Listed below are some highlights from the stage in Atlanta, the place 10 of the candidates looking for the Democratic nomination to tackle Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020 are debating.


Warren answered a query about how she would unify a divided nation by reintroducing her proposed 2% tax on wealth past $50 million, with an extra four% tax on wealth past $1 billion.

“I’m bored with freeloading billionaires,” stated Warren, whose proposal has prompted contentious responses from a number of outstanding billionaires in latest weeks.

“No matter social gathering affiliation, individuals perceive throughout this nation, our authorities is working higher and higher for the billionaires, for the wealthy, for the nicely linked, and worse and worse for everybody else,” Warren stated, including that the tax would pay totally free public school and common childcare, whereas additionally canceling most pupil mortgage debt.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker was requested whether or not he agreed with Warren’s proposal, resulting in the primary coverage disagreement of the evening.

Booker stated he didn’t assist Warren’s wealth tax but when elected, he would pursue “truthful and simply taxation the place millionaires and billionaires pay their justifiable share.” He agreed with Warren that “we have to elevate the property tax, we have to tax capital positive factors as atypical earnings.”


U.S. Consultant Tulsi Gabbard doubled down when requested about her conflict with the social gathering’s 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, final month.

Gabbard, an Iraq struggle veteran who has centered her marketing campaign on opposition to abroad army intervention, stated the Democratic Occasion “continues to be influenced by the overseas coverage institution in Washington, represented by Hillary Clinton and others’ overseas coverage, by the military-industrial complicated and different grasping company pursuits.”

Requested to reply, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris defended Clinton. Gabbard criticized former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration on Fox Information, stated Harris, who linked Gabbard to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and introduced up her assist for Syrian chief Bashar al-Assad.

Harris stated she was the candidate who might rebuild the coalition of voters that elected Obama twice.

Gabbard shot again at what she known as Harris’ “lies and smears and innuendoes,” and stated Harris would proceed U.S. overseas coverage failures of the previous.

Reporting By Amanda Becker; Modifying by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis