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Democrats debate ahead of New Hampshire primary as Bloomberg looms

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In New Hampshire Ahead Of First Primary Contest
Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 19:03:17-05

After a disastrous Iowa Caucus, Democratic candidates for the White House are under more pressure than ever.

Presidential hopefuls went toe to toe in New Hampshire just days away from the first primary in the nation. Seven familiar faces took familiar places on the debate stage with once front runner Joe Biden admitting he has been struggling.

"I took a hit in Iowa and I'll probably take a hit here," the former vice president said.

The stakes are higher than ever.

"We need to reestablish the rule of law in this country," said Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Iowa and are leading in the New Hampshire polls and feeling the frontrunner fire.

"Buttigieg is a great guy." said Biden "He's the mayor of a small city who has done some good things, but has not demonstrated his ability."

Others, like Senator Amy Klobuchar, were hoping for a memorable moment

"Bernie and I work together all the time but I think we are not going to be able to out divide the divider in chief."

Buttigieg says he can unite people.

"The next president is going to have to restore the credibility of this country."

The candidates touched on topics that matter most to people in New Hampshire, like healthcare, while Bernie Sanders took a swipe at Biden.

"If we do what Joe wants, we'll be spending 50 trillion on healthcare... that's the status quo Joe."

On climate change Sanders called for unity.

"Maybe we pool our resources and fight our common enemy which is climate change."

Tom Steyer says it's all about the economy. Andrew Yang says that means an economy for all.

"What we have to do is actually get the market working to improve our families' way of life."

With the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, the time for candidates to stand out to voters is quickly running out.

Not on the stage Friday night was former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who continues to pick up endorsements, including one from Trump's former Navy Secretary.

"Mike has a track record, a track record of productivity, a track record as an honest and principled man," said Richard Spencer.

Bloomberg could be on debate stage later this month in Nevada.