Debate Five

This debate will likely be the last time ten presidential candidates appear on the same stage in this election cycle. The candidates were, in alphabetical order: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, Yang.

On this page Debate Five is in four parts corresponding to the live stream breaks. This one was organized (or disorganized, depending on your perspective) in such a way that, as the debate progressed, a question might be asked of one candidate with one or two responses, then onto the next moderator question.

Part One

DNC Debate 5 - Part One


The debate started with a brief discussion of the impeachment proceedings. Naturally everyone is in favor of it.

Warren: how did the ambassador get there. Money buys its way into Washington. “Anyone who wants to give me a big donation, don’t ask for an ambassadorship.”

Klobuchar - Democracy at stake. Blah, blah, blah.

Buttigieg - The constitution … Blah, blah, blah.

Biden and Son

Biden - Ask yourself … Trump doesn’t want me to be president. I learned a lot … bottom line, ask ourselves…

Harris: Everyone was in the loop.

The Economic Divide

Warren - 2 cents wealth tax. Blah, blah, blah.

Booker - Disagrees with the wealth tax, favors estate tax, grow wealth, fair wages.

Booker and Warren back and forth.

Democratic Infighting

Buttigieg - Switches to Medicare for all WHO WANT IT … Blah, blah, blah.

Mods stay with Medicare For All

Warren - Will defend the Affordable Care Act and then in the third year, ask for a vote on Medicare For All.

Sanders - “The American people understand that the current health care system is not only cruel, it is dysfunctional.”

Medicare For All

Biden- claims Medicare For All couldn’t pass.

[With Bernie Sanders as President, it will pass. And there is the problem with Biden: always thinking backwards, not forewards.]

Biden says ACA does not make people choose, claims others make people choose. Ends with, “You have to go Medicare For All.” This is similar to his frequent, “Vote for somebody else.”


Steyer - Build more, Force affordable rents.

Warren - has a plan.

Booker - Gentrification, Refundable Tax Credits for any who pay more than 30% of income for rent. This sounds like a well-intentioned terrible idea.

Houseing For All

Part Two

DNC Debate 5 - Part Two

Farmer Subsidies

Buttigieg - Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah. Mod: “I need you to answer the question, would you continue farmer subsidies?” Buttigieg: “Yes, but we won’t need them …”


How do we secure leadership and have bi-partisan support?

Tulsi - Blah, blah, blah.

Steyer - Declare a National Emergency.

Biden and Steyer back and forth.

Sanders - I disagree with the way the question was put. “Talking about making climate a national emergency, I have introduced a legislation to do just that. We don’t have decades.”

Global Warming

Foreign Policy

Nuclear Weapons

Would you make concessions to North Korea?

Harris - “Donald Trump got punked.”

Biden - Blah, blah, blah and a little joke from Sanders.

Your First Call With Putin?

Yang - I beat your guy. [Sounds like it’s a game to him.]

On China, Hong Kong

Booker - Scorecard Trump.

Saudi Arabia


Biden - mixes it up.

Klobuchar - we need a new foreign policy.

Sanders - Saudi Arabia is a brutal dictatorship, not a reliable ally. … “We have to understand who our enemies are.” Rethink the war on terror. Same for Israel and treat the Palestinian people with respect.


Only 1% of the population serves in the military - should it be higher?

Warren - Yes, bring in people to work on Federal Lands …

Pentagon budget Ballooned, would you cut military spending?

Buttigieg - We do not have a 21st century security strategy coming from this president.

Part Three

DNC Debate 5 - Part Three

Criminal Justice

Tulsi - end wars and racial injustices, as Commmader in Chief.

on White Supremacists

Yang - many are falling through the cracks.

#MeToo, sex violence, harassment to women

Biden - change the culture, the culture, self defense, will not tolerate, but “keep punching at it.”

On Buttigieg using a stock photo of an African woman portrayed as a U.S. voter.

Harris - I’ll speak “to the larger issue. We need to recreate the Obama coalition to win.”

Buttigieg - Welcomes the challenge of connecting with black voters who don’t know me. Continues with his religious faith.

Harris repeats.

Warren - a specific example - Blah, blah, blah.

Border Wall

Warren - a man made crises.

Booker - War on drugs is a war on black and brown people. Booker snarling, looks mad,

Biden claims he was part of the Obama Coalition. Everyone with a record should be let out of jail. Claims that he is supported by the only black woman elected to the Senate. Harris, “The other one is here.”

Part Four

DNC Debate 5 - Part Four


Kobuchar - Codify Roe v. Wade.

re: John Bel Edwards - room for?

Warren - says what she believes the Democratic party stands for. Does not answer the question and it is repeated. Does not commit.

Sanders - Get the government off the backs of people. This is the time for men to stand with women.

Booker - This is a voter suppression issue.

Voter Suppression

Buttigieg - “use carrots and sticks.”

Klobuchar - Buttigieg “said the right words, but I have the experience.”

Buttigieg - claims to know how to bring people together to get something done.

Tulsi - Mods ask her to keep comments to voter suppression. Doesn’t. Claims Buttigieg wants to send troops to invade Mexico.

Buttigieg - “That’s outlandish.” Buttigieg and Tulsi fight.

Tulsi - Our Commander in Chief does need to have good judgement is right, but “you [Buttigieg] lack the courage to meet with adversaries and allies.”

Sanders - Is the peacemaker. The system is corrupt. 18, you have the right to vote. Overturn Citizens United. Public funding of elections.

Steyer - Need Voter Turn Out. Next Gen.

Closing Statements

Booker - Please help, “We drink deeply from wells we did not dig.”

Steyer - Broken government, spent a decade.

Gabbard - Personal commitment, aloha.

Yang - Here with wife, our kids are not all right, emotional pitch.

Klobuchar - Reminded of a testimony in congress,

Harris - We’re in a fight, go “toe to toe”, “for the people” - remember, as Prosecutor.

Buttigieg - Remarked that we’re in the city of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson.

Sanders - “I am the son…” Cheers.

Let me say a word about myself, unusual as it may seem. I am the son of an immigrant, young man of 17 who came to this country without a nickel in his pocket. I have some sense of the immigrant experience. I will stand with the eleven-million undocumented immigrants in the country. At the age of 21, as a member of the civil rights movement at the University of Chicago, I was arrested; spent the night in jail. I have been against all forms of discrimination, racial discrimination, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and religious bigotry. I will lead an administration that will look like America. I will end the divisiveness brought by Trump and bring us together. During this campaign I am proud to say that I have received more campaign contributions than any candidate at this point in an election in American history - over four-million contributions - (cheers and hoots from the crowd) - averaging eighteen dollars apiece. If you want to be part of a movement, that is not only going to beat Trump, but transform America, that doesn’t have a super pac, doesn’t do fundraisers at wealthy people’s homes, please join us at (more cheers) Thank you.
- Bernie Sanders, Debate 5 closing statement.

Warren - “We should have talked about gun violence.”

Biden - Talked about “Obama and his spotless record.”