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October debate: 10 things to watch from the 12 candidates on stage


Added 10-15-19 12:23:01am EST - “Tuesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate will be largest ever, with 12 candidates on a single debate stage.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “October debate: 10 things to watch from the 12 candidates on stage”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate will be largest ever, with 12 candidates on a single debate stage.

Biden's initial response to President Trump's attacks as House Democrats move forward on an impeachment inquiry made some wonder if he is ready to take on Trump. Biden immediately brushed off Trump's suggestion that the former vice president pushed to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor who opened an investigation into a gas company that had his son Hunter Biden on the board. But his approach has gotten more aggressive in recent weeks.

Biden strengthened his offense against Trump in recent days and called for Trump's impeachment last week. But after lackluster performance in previous debates, he is under more pressure than ever to show that he can go toe-to-toe with Trump in a general election.

Many Democratic presidential hopefuls — including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke — have said that they would not allow a son or daughter of their vice president or cabinet member to serve on the board of a foreign company, as Hunter Biden did for a Ukrainian gas company while his father was president. Others, including Julián Castro and Pete Buttigieg, have refused to answer similar questions, arguing that the premise frames the issue on President Trump’s terms.

Biden maintains that he and his son did nothing wrong or illegal, but the former vice president’s pledge that no one in his family or anyone associated with him would serve on a foreign board highlights some Democrats' discomfort with the arrangement. Candidates are unlikely to bring up the issue unless prompted, but some may downplay previous statements and others may draw new ethics distinctions between themselves and Biden.

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