Debate 2020 Recap
Jennifer Lewerenz | Jan 15, 2020 AT 8:08 am
(KNSI) - The final Democratic presidential debate before the 2020 Iowa caucus was held lat night in Iowa.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, and former Vice President Joe Biden on stage.
The candidates were pressed on everything - trade, impeachment, health care, foreign policy, Iran, and climate change.
When it came to dealing with Iran, Klobuchar accused President Donald Trump of marching the United States closer toward a full-on war, but says bi-partisan support in Congress would stop him.
"We have a very important resolution. We just found out today four Republicans are joining Democrats to go to him and say, 'You must have an authorization of military force if you're going to go to war with Iran.'"
If elected President, Klobuchar also said she would not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.
The subject of health care also came up Tuesday night. Senator Bernie Sanders has been pushing his Medicare-for-All plan, which Klobuchar attacked, saying it won't pass.
"Over two-thirds of the democrats in the U.S. Senate are not on the bill that you and Senator [Elizabeth] Warren are on. You have numerous governors that are democratic that don't support this."
Senator Sanders has not yet said how his plan would be financed. Senator Elizabeth Warren said her health care plan would be financed by a wealth tax on the top wage earners in the country.
As talk of the Senate trial for President Trump's impeachment proceedings heats up, the subject also arose at the debate. Senator Klobuchar said she's hoping witnesses will be called.
"We've asked for only four people as witnesses. And if our Republican colleagues won't allow those witnesses, they may as well give the President a crown and a scepter."
Klobuchar was drawing on the opinion handed down by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson saying Presidents are not kings, in regards to whether or not White House counsel Donald McGahn must comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for his testimony as part of the impeachment probe. President Trump made a bid to try and block McGhan from testifying during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
At the end of the debate, the candidates were asked to give a final closing statement. Klobuchar called for unity, saying, "It is easy to hurl insults. It is easy to draw lines in the sand and sketch out grand ideological sketches that will never see the light of day. What is hard is bringing people together and finding common ground instead of scorched earth."
The Iowa caucuses, the first in the country, are set for Monday, February 3.
Minnesota's primary elections come on Tuesday, March 3, known as "Super Tuesday" when Minnesota and 13 other states, as well as Democrats abroad, will cast their ballots for who they want to see take on President Trump in November.
Super Tuesday is important because voters from several diverse states will go to the polls, and it more accurately represents a candidate's national electability.
This year will be the first primary in Minnesota since 1992. The state had gone with the caucus system since then.