BEIJING — Huawei said on Wednesday that its sales had risen by 27 percent in the latest quarter, a faster pace of growth that suggests the Chinese technology giant has been successfully weathering the Trump administration’s efforts to stymie its business around the world.
The United States added the smartphone and telecom gear maker to an export blacklist in May, causing the company’s revenue growth to slow to 13 percent for the second quarter of this year. But on Wednesday, Huawei said growth had recovered to 27 percent in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, even though the blacklist means the company is still restricted from buying parts and technology from American suppliers.
Huawei is the world’s leading producer of the equipment in cellphone networks. American officials have long been concerned that the company’s products could be used in intelligence-gathering by the Chinese government, an accusation that Huawei has repeatedly denied.
The company said Wednesday that it had so far signed 60 contracts with telecom carriers around the world to provide equipment for networks using the next generation of wireless technology, or 5G.
The biggest debate of the election cycle was chippy.
With 12 candidates vying for voters attention at Tuesday’s debate in Westerville, Ohio, the White House contenders threw sharper jabs at each other and competed to outdo each other in their expressions of outrage over President Donald Trump.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s debate, Biden vowed that he would not allow a family member or administration officials to be involved with foreign businesses should he be elected president. Hunter Biden acknowledged in a television interview that aired Tuesday that he probably wouldn’t have been picked to serve on Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings board if his last name wasn’t Biden, but insisted he did nothing improper.
But asked directly by CNN co-moderator Anderson Cooper why it was OK for his son to serve on a foreign board when he was previously vice president but not if he wins the presidency, Biden didn’t directly answer.
“Look, my son did nothing wrong,” Biden replied. “I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. And that’s what we should be focusing on.”
With each passing day, House Democrats receive more incriminating testimony in their ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Trump over his pushing Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the Eastern European nation.
Trump, while damaged by the scandal, has managed to make Hunter Biden’s position serving on Burisma an ever-present issue in the campaign that shows no sign of disappearing. Biden has complained that the media has paid too much attention to his son’s business dealings, despite no evidence of impropriety.
The younger Biden did not have any past experience or technical background that would make him specially qualified to serve on the energy company’s board.
In his Good Morning America interview, Hunter Biden pointed to his past service on the board of Amtrak — a position his father appointed him to — as experience that helped qualify him for a job that reportedly paid $50,000 per month.
After Hunter Biden’s interview aired Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to gloat, “Now Sleepy Joe has real problems! Reminds me of Crooked Hillary and her 33 deleted emails, not recoverable.”
Hunter Biden was really bad on @GMA. Now Sleepy Joe has real problems! Reminds me of Crooked Hillary and her 33,000 deleted Emails, not recoverable!
But with her exalted status, the punches from her Democratic rivals are starting to get harder.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg hit hard early in the debate, hammering Warren for refusing to directly answer a question about whether Medicare for All would lead to a middle-class tax hike.
“Well, we heard it tonight, a yes or no question that didn’t get a yes or no answer,” Buttigieg said. “Look, this is why people here in the Midwest are so frustrated with Washington in general and Capitol Hill in particular. Your signature, Senator, is to have a plan for everything. Except this.”
Warren retorted that overall costs will go up for the wealthy and for big corporations but down for middle class families.
“I will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle class families.” Warren said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar also knocked Warren for how she’s gone about pushing her call for wealth tax, a plan that calls for a 2% hike on income for families making more than $50 million annually. Warren has said she would use the wealth tax to help fund tuition-free college, pay for universal childcare, and other programs.
“I want to give a reality check here to Elizabeth, because no one on this stage wants protect billionaires — not even the billionaire wants to protect billionaires,” said Klobuchar, referring to the billionaire candidate Steyer. “Your idea is not the only idea.”
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said he thought Warren’s message is often too divisive.
“I think it’s part of the solution but I think we need to be focused on lifting people up and sometimes I think Senator Warren is focused on being punitive or pitting one side of the country against the other,” O’Rourke said.
Warren replied that she was “shocked at the notion that anyone thinks I’m punitive.”
“Look, I don’t have a beef with billionaires,” she said. “My problem is you made a fortune in America, you had a great idea, you got out there and worked for it, good for you. But you built that fortune in America. I guarantee you built it in part using workers all of us helped pay to educate. You built it in part getting your goods to markets on roads and bridges all of us helped pay for. You built it at least in part protected by police and firefighters all of us help pay the salaries for.”
3: Candidates are united in blasting Trump on Syria, but less robust in explaining how to undo the damage
The crowded field was unanimous as they ripped Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, turning the area into a powder keg where Russian forces are now looking to fill the security vacuum created by Trump.
“It’s been the most shameful thing any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy,” Biden said.
Buttigieg, who was deployed to Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve officer, said Trump betrayed Kurdish allies by acceding to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand allowing him to clear northern Syria of American-allied Syrian Democratic Forces who assisted U.S. troops in battling the terror group ISIS.
“What we were doing in Syria was keeping our word,” Buttigieg said. “Part of what makes it possible for the United States to get people to put their lives on the line to back us up is the idea that we will back them up, too. When I was deployed, not just the Afghan national army forces but the janitors put their lives on the line just by working with U.S. forces. I would have a hard time today looking an Afghan civilian or soldier in the eye after what just happened over there.”
The Democratic hopefuls were eloquent in their anger at Trump as they accused him of pushing the region to tumult. But they didn’t offer much detail on how they would undo the damage.
Biden may have come the closest in offering a substantive answer to the question, saying he would work to safely return U.S. troops to northern Syria and look to put pressure on Erdogan and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
“What I would do is I would be making it real clear to Assad that, in fact, where he’s going to have a problem — because Turkey is the real problem here,” Biden said. “And I would be having a real lockdown conversation with Erdogan and letting him know that he’s going to pay a heavy price for what he has done now. “
“At a time when the biggest financial institutions in this country were trying to put the squeeze on millions of hardworking families who were in bankruptcy because of medical problems, job losses, divorce or death in the family, there was nobody standing up for them,” Warren said. “I got in that fight because they just didn’t have anyone. And Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies.”
Since then, the jousting between the moderate Biden and more liberal Warren had been otherwise anodyne.
Biden and Warren had a sharp exchange over who played what role in setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 following the national banking crisis two years earlier. Warren was the mastermind of the CFPB and helped the Obama administration stand it up.
Biden claimed that Warren wasn’t crediting him with the role he played in getting the agency off the ground.
“I went on the floor and got you votes,” Biden told Warren. “I got you votes.”
Warren didn’t acknowledge Biden’s remarks but thanked President Barack Obama.
“I am deeply grateful to President Obama for fighting so hard,” Warren said.
“You did a hell of job,” Biden offered.
“Thank you,” Warren said.
5: Septuagenarians make the case age is just a number.
Sanders returned to the campaign trail with Tuesday’s debate, an appearance that came just two weeks after he suffered a heart attack while campaigning in Las Vegas.
The moment was a big one for Sanders, 78, who as the oldest candidate in the field has frequently had to address the issue of whether his age will be an impediment should he be elected as president.
He told co-moderator Erin Burnett that he was “feeling great,” and teased he would demonstrate his plan to continue his vigorous campaign with a big rally in New York City this weekend that would include a special guest. While the debate was still underway, news broke that Sanders had won the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who last year became the youngest woman elected to Congress and is a leading voice in the progressive movement.
Burnett noted in a question to Biden that former President Jimmy Carter said last month that he couldn’t have handled the duties of the presidency at age 80. Biden would turn 80 during his term should he win the White House.
“Look, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my age and my experience,” Biden said. “With it comes wisdom. We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders, from (Russia’s President Vladimir) Putin to our allies, and know exactly what has to be done to get this country back on track.”
Warren, who would be 71 on Inauguration Day, batted away concerns about her age.
“Well, I say, I will out-work, out-organize, and outlast anyone, and that includes Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or whoever the Republicans get stuck with,” she said.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 38, who is the second youngest candidate in the Democratic field, came to her septuagenarian rivals defense.
“I was going to say it’s not fair to ask these three about their health and their fitness to serve as president but not every other one of us,” Gabbard said. “But here’s the real question I believe you should be asking is: Who is fit to serve as our commander-in-chief? This is the most important responsibility that the president has.”
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A dozen Democratic presidential candidates continued their race to become the left’s most favored socialist when they debated Tuesday night. Once again, the debate stage showcased a lackluster group of extremist politicians pandering to their far-left base of support with harmful policy proposals that are way outside the mainstream.
The three septuagenarian candidates currently making up the top tier of the Democratic field include a confused and corrupt former Vice President Joe Biden some 20 years past his prime; unelectable socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who recently suffered a heart attack; and hopelessly out-of-touch former Harvard professor and current Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who wants to throw 180 million Americans off their private health insurance plans, including union workers.
Stuck with a field marred with enormous electability questions, no one is paying closer attention to the weakest field of presidential candidates in recent memory than 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
These two nationally recognized liberals are likely thinking the same thing as everyone else: none of the 12 mediocre candidates on the stage in Ohio Tuesday night has what it takes to defeat President Trump in November 2020.
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After watching the three-hour snooze fest, here are some of the takeaways that Clinton and Bloomberg may be thinking about as they consider jumping into the presidential race.
The Democratic candidates are desperately lurching farther and farther to the left. This strategy of embracing extremism is clearly designed to capture the hearts and minds of the Democratic primary electorate by repackaging the tired Big Government policies of the past. Capitalism and liberty have become dirty words with this crowd. Look no further than new reports Tuesday night that Green New Deal author and socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – along with radical Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – plan to endorse Sanders for president. Throughout history, socialism has failed at every turn and will fail once again as the Democrat’s party platform in the 2020 general election.
Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his shady foreign business dealings were glossed over and badly mischaracterized. This should have been the big issue of the night. Serious allegations against the Bidens are being whitewashed by a biased mainstream media that has gone headfirst into the dishonesty tank during the Trump administration.
The impeachment witch hunt led the discussion because the Democratic Party has no positive agenda. All the candidates reminded viewers about the partisan nature of the baseless impeachment inquiry against President Trump by rushing to judgment before getting the facts. It’s become clear that impeachment is being pushed because desperate Democrats can’t defeat Trump at the ballot box in less than 13 months.
Democrats are offering the American people big tax increases, job-killing over-regulation, and lawless open borders. These failed and harmful ideas aren’t polling well with voters. But the far-left Democrats are so committed to Big Government that they ignore the fact that their plans would wreck the vibrant Trump economy and punish American families and businesses.
“Medicare-for-all,” championed by Sanders, is so extreme that even some of the Democratic presidential candidates oppose it. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., pointed out that the disastrous proposal would result in a “multitrillion-dollar hole” in the federal budget. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota called the irresponsible plan a “pipedream.” They’re both right.
The debate will not change the trajectory of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Nothing happened to suggest someone had a breakout moment and will show real upward movement in the polls. The top tier will remain Warren, Biden and Sanders.
Despite the best efforts of Democrats, President Trump’s amazing accomplishments to improve the lives of the American people simply cannot be explained away. The national unemployment rate of 3.5 percent is at a 50-year low and the unemployment rates for women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans are at historic lows. Over 6 million jobs have been created on President Trump’s watch – including 500,000 manufacturing jobs – and a record number of Americans are currently employed. To paraphrase former President Bill Clinton, elections are about the strong economy – and continued prosperity.
In a debate that featured barely a spark – much less fireworks – there’s ample reason for Democratic power brokers around the country to be concerned about where the current overcrowded field is headed. So they might be looking for other options before the Iowa caucuses kick off voting for the presidential candidates in February.
Here’s the reality:
Job creators, entrepreneurs and investors alike know that President Trump at his core thinks like a pro-growth businessman, and that gives them confidence to make decisions that expand their businesses.
On trade, President Trump’s vision and leadership have changed opinions on how we approach China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. The president knows there is a difference between free trade and fair trade when it comes to prioritizing American workers.
In Tuesday night’s debate in the critical Rust Belt state of Ohio – as the Democrats highlighted their failed vision of tax increases, overregulation, and giving away the store to China – the contrast with the positive Trump record couldn’t be starker.
Well-known liberal egotists Clinton and Bloomberg certainly think a lot of themselves and despite their baggage could probably fare better against President Trump than the current slate of boring Democrat wannabes.
And if the Democrats really want to recreate the 2008 Obama coalition, there’s another candidate who could immediately become the party’s frontrunner due to nostalgia alone. Her name is Michelle Obama. But the problem with nostalgia is that we tend to remember what we liked and forget what we didn’t like.
The clear reality emerging at the end of the long debate was that these are desperate times for a Democratic Party suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Authorities in Los Angeles on Tuesday responded to a fight that broke out inside a movie theater during a screening of Todd Phillip’s “Joker,” a report said.
The fight broke out at AMC Burbank at about 8:54 p.m. local time, the Hollywood Reporter reported. The magazine reported that the fight included four individuals. One man appeared to suffer a head injury and there was an unconfirmed report that a glass bottle was used during the melee.
The movie itself has been criticized as excessively violent.
Five family members of people killed or injured in the Aurora shooting recently sent a letter to Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff. In it, they voiced concerns about sympathetic portrayals of villains and asked the studio to help end gun violence.
Police are investigating the fight as an assault with a deadly weapon, THR reported.
SportsPulse: The Nationals are going to their first ever World Series and in the process had one of most historic turnarounds we’ve ever seen in baseball. USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Ted Lerner was talking to all Washington Nationals fans when he told them “This is for you” from a makeshift stage behind second base in the moments after the nonagenarian’s team won their first pennant.
The 43,976 in front of him, though, had just witnessed history — and roared back with approval of what they’d seen Tuesday. A seven-run first inning made Game 4 a laugher early that turned into a tightrope, but the Nationals prevailed over the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4.
“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez told a still-packed stadium, undeterred by the threat of a closing Metro system. “And this is a beautiful place.”
Fans disembarked trains more than four hours before first pitch. Some went to bars, some milled about the neighborhood. The first fan in line at the center field gate was Rick Tameris, sporting a Santa hat and white beard.
“This is for the playoffs,” Tameris told USA TODAY Sports. “Matter of fact, wore it back in 2012, when we played St. Louis (in the NLDS) and lost.”
So why’d he think it was going to work this time?
“Just the luck of the draw,” he said.
Tameris admitted he had questioned whether Martinez was the man for the job when Washington started the season 19-31.
“His motto is one game at a time,” Tameris said. “And that’s what they’ve done since the All-Star break.”
Unlike Game 4 of the NLDS, when the possibility of being eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers kept fans at a distance, the place was packed to the gills when Patrick Corbin delivered his first offering at 8:06 p.m.
Eleven minutes later, they were rattling off the first chants of the night as Trea Turner scored the game’s first run on Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly.
Teams often feed off the energy from the crowd. For this Nationals team, it can feel like it works the other way around, Nationals fan Travis Eagleson said.
“If the players get excited, we get excited,” he said. “If that’s what they’re about, that’s what we’re about.”
Eagleson was in attendance with friend Brad Calandre, and both were wearing shark costumes, inspired by reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra’s “Baby Shark” walk-up song that’s been embraced en masse this season.
“Our fans stay in it, just like the players fight back,” Calandre said, invoking the team’s postseason mantra “Stay In the Fight.”
When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took his time rounding the bases on his solo homer in the fourth, boos turned to cheers when whoever caught the ball in the left-center field seas threw it back.
The crowd pleaded with Daniel Hudson to escape a bases loaded jam in the eighth, and when he did, they didn’t sit back down until they left the ballpark.
Fans in D.C. celebrated a Capitals championship in 2018, and the Washington Mystics captured the WNBA title over the weekend.
Will the winning continue in the nation’s capital?
“You’ve got the Caps who have won. You’ve got the Mystics,” Tameris said. “Now, let’s have baseball and see the Nats come up with a World Series win.”
Denise Vee, 23, has worked as an usher at the stadium for four years and has become a diehard Nationals fan in the process.
That much was evident when fans began piling out of her section, 134, right behind the first base dugout. Vee screamed at the top of her lungs for at least 10 minutes straight and high-fived every individual as they exited. She takes pride is among the most lively in Nationals Park.
“Amp them up when they’re going down the steps, make sure they’re prepared for the rest of the evening,” she said.
“My voice is demolished for tomorrow,” Vee said. “We’re all a family now. The chemistry is amped up. We’re gonna make it all the way through.”
Brad Brenneman and his 18-year-old daughter, Lauren, had driven from Lovettsville, Virginia, for Tuesday’s game.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the big winner Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio in the most crowded presidential debate ever held. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., also delivered strong performances.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and the other eight candidates on stage came out the losers in the three-hour Democratic presidential primary debate.
BIGGEST WINNER: Elizabeth Warren
Warren’s strong performance will likely solidify her frontrunner status ahead of Biden and Sanders. She emerged the clear winner of the night by showing she was sharp and prepared as she fended off attacks from candidates who were looking to cut into her polling lead.
Even during the heated exchanges over health care and a wealth tax, Warren was able to turn attacks leveled against her around, and still deliver the best answers of the evening.
Warren questioned why the other candidates “think it is more important to protect billionaires than to invest in Americans” when responding to an attack on her plan for a wealth tax.
And importantly, Warren remained the focal point of the debate, speaking for the most amount of time of all of the candidates.
The senator from Massachusetts now has unmatched fundraising and polling momentum, along with a series of strong debate performances. This, coupled with the fact that Biden and Sanders have been weakened in dissimilar but debilitating ways recently, almost guarantees that Warren will take over as the front-runner.
SURPRISE WINNER: Bernie Sanders
Sanders has faced a precipitous decline in the most recent polls given the significant questions about his health and stamina following his recent heart attack.
However, Sanders delivered a strong, forceful performance in the debate, succeeding in showing voters that he has not lost a step, making him the second-place finisher of the night.
But it is clear that Warren has supplanted Sanders as the leader of the progressive movement in the Democratic field. As a result, it will be difficult – if not impossible – for Sanders to reestablish himself ahead of Warren.
It is clear that Warren has supplanted Sanders as the leader of the progressive movement in the Democratic field. As a result, it will be difficult – if not impossible – for Sanders to reestablish himself ahead of Warren.
SURPRISE WINNER: Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg has been called the breakout star of the Democratic field – though he has recently struggled to distinguish himself. He had several strong moments in the Tuesday night debate. He was able to make a compelling case as a young, center-left candidate from a swing state with a military background.
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Buttigieg was particularly strong during a tense exchange with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii over President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, delivering a response that elicited cheers from the audience.
“Respectfully congresswoman, I think that is dead wrong,” the mayor said. “The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence, it’s a consequence of a withdrawal and betrayal by this president of American allies and American values.”
Ultimately, Buttigieg’s performance will likely result in a post-debate polling bump with moderate voters, especially given Biden’s relatively weak debate performance.
BIGGEST LOSER: Joe Biden
All eyes, particularly those of Democratic leaders, strategists, and donors were on Biden, who needed deliver a strong performance to reassure voters that he is ready for a general election fight against Trump.
However, Biden was unable to break through and deliver the forceful showing that he needed, dodging a question regarding his son’s work with Ukraine and delivering several other uneven answers throughout the night.
With each passing day, Biden seems to move further from securing the Democratic presidential nomination, and his unimpressive performance Tuesday night will likely result in a post-debate polling decline.
LOSER: Amy Klobuchar
Additionally, although Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had a number of well-executed lines taking aim at Warren, many felt similar to the inconsequential attacks leveled against Warren by former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland during the first debate. Thus, Klobuchar’s performance is unlikely to result in the post-debate polling spike her campaign needed.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California similarly fell short, as she failed to distinguish herself in any meaningful way at a time when her campaign desperately needs a boost. Given that recent polls have her hoovering at around 5 percent, she will likely not be able to regain the momentum she had just over two months ago.
LOSERS: Gabbard, Castro, Steyer, Booker, O’Rourke and Yang
The remaining candidates – all barely registering in polls – were the biggest losers of the night. Rep. Gabbard, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, philanthropist Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and entrepreneur Andrew Yang failed to have the breakout moment they all desperately needed to show voters they could defeat Trump in November 2020.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Representative Ilhan Omar endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will endorse Mr. Sanders at a rally this weekend, according to his campaign.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York and a star of the progressive left, will join Mr. Sanders at his “Bernie’s Back” rally in Queens on Saturday. Earlier Tuesday, his campaign had teased that Mr. Sanders would have a “special guest” at the event.
The endorsements, which come just two weeks after Mr. Sanders suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas, are likely to provide a much-needed boost to Mr. Sanders’s campaign. They could also serve to quell some concerns about his health and his age.
“Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity and geography,” Ms. Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, said in a statement.
She cited the bill she and Mr. Sanders introduced in June to cancel all of the country’s student debt, worth about $1.6 trillion, and praised him for working to end foreign wars. “I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” she said.
In his own statement, Mr. Sanders called Ms. Omar “a leader of strength and courage.”
Mr. Sanders, 78, has been recovering since his heart attack, first at a hospital and then at his home in Burlington, Vt. The debate on Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, was his first appearance before a national audience since the episode.
Mr. Sanders’s health issues have cast a degree of uncertainty over his campaign and left his aides rushing to reassure voters about his age and health, just as he was trying to improve his standing in a race that in recent weeks has become more of a two-person contest between Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Asked about his health directly at the debate on Tuesday night, Mr. Sanders nodded to the rally and to the “special guest.”
“Let me invite you all to a major rally we’re having in Queens,” he said. “We’re going to have a special guest at that event, and we are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country.”
He also said, “I’m feeling great.”
Mr. Sanders’s campaign is billing the New York rally as his official return to the campaign trail. It had toyed with holding the rally in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, according to an aide, but settled on a park in Queens, with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Presidential endorsements from the congresswomen, both members of the group of first-term Democratic women of color known as “the squad,” were highly coveted. In addition to being among the country’s most prominent progressives, they have also become some of President Trump’s favorite foils.
Last month, Ms. Warren won the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a progressive group that endorsed Mr. Sanders during the last presidential cycle.
The endorsement was a boon to Ms. Warren’s candidacy as she aimed to position herself as Mr. Biden’s main rival and the standard-bearer for the progressive left. But it also unnerved supporters of Mr. Sanders, who criticized the endorsement process.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio — The CNN/New York Times debate on Tuesday night revealed new dynamics in the Democratic presidential race: Senator Elizabeth Warren took sustained fire from multiple rivals, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. struggled to make an impact and Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other candidates were newly aggressive in making their points.
Here are six takeaways from the debate:
Warren takes incoming, for a change
Senator Kamala Harris challenges Senator Elizabeth Warren on whether Trump’s Twitter account should be shut down.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times
For the first time this year, Ms. Warren was frequently called out and criticized by her rivals:
Mr. Biden called her health care plans “vague” and argued she had never accomplished anything big.
Mr. Buttigieg implied she didn’t trust the American people to decide whether they wanted to remain on private health insurance plans.
Senator Amy Klobuchar denounced Ms. Warren’s plans as a “pipe dream.”
Senator Kamala Harris wanted to know why Ms. Warren didn’t join her call for Twitter to ban President Trump from its social media platform.
For a candidate who has risen in the polls based on her policy acumen and specifics, Ms. Warren’s unwillingness to address the question of whether her “Medicare for all” plan would require higher taxes on the middle class was striking. And her opponents put her on the defensive.
Ms. Warren in large part survived the attacks, though she never did answer questions about whether she’d raise those middle-class taxes. Nor did she explain to Ms. Harris why she thinks Mr. Trump should remain on Twitter. But she did present a concise counterargument, saying that only her ambitious ideas can produce an electoral mandate from disaffected Americans to defeat Mr. Trump.
In all, the debate served as a certification of Ms. Warren’s status as one of two front-runners in the race, alongside Mr. Biden. It also crystallized much of the 19-way race as a contest to be the Biden alternative. The candidates sparring with Ms. Warren were auditioning to Democratic voters not just how they would go toe-to-toe with President Trump, but also how they would stack up against Ms. Warren as the campaign narrows to just a few candidates.
Unlike the previous three debates, nobody instigated a fight with Mr. Biden. It was a sign both of his diminished status in the race — he’s no longer the solo front-runner, having ceded ground to Ms. Warren — but also evidence that attacking Mr. Biden hasn’t served his rivals well when they’ve tried.
The toughest moment for Mr. Biden came when the moderators pressed him on his son Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine. When no candidate pressed him on the topic, it faded from the discussion after Mr. Biden delivered a garbled and wobbly explanation.
Mr. Biden, as is his custom, at times wondered away from the question at hand. During a monologue about tax rates, he bemoaned the size of the field and the relatively brief amount of time allotted candidates to answer questions.
He was strongest when on offense against Ms. Warren. But it was a telling sign that his rivals tried to present themselves as a Biden alternative by contrasting themselves with Ms. Warren instead of Mr. Biden. She. not the former vice president, looked like the candidate to beat on Tuesday night.
Sanders calms concerns post heart attack
He railed against billionaires. He pitched “Medicare for all.” He tossed out his campaign URL. He said “damn” — twice.
It was vintage Bernie Sanders on Tuesday — and that was a relief to his supporter and advisers two weeks after the 78-year-old suffered a heart attack.
“I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” Mr. Sanders said as the debate approached the two-hour mark. But by then Mr. Sanders had made that case with his performance, dueling with Mr. Biden over their ideological differences and thrusting his arm into the arm to seek more airtime.
“We are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country. That is how I think I can reassure the American people,” Mr. Sanders said when asked about his health.
When Senator Cory Booker interjected with a joke that Mr. Sanders also supports medical marijuana, Mr. Sanders did not hesitate with the retort, “I’m not on it tonight.”
He may not have won over new supporters, but he looked like the same old Bernie Sanders. For this debate, that was more than enough.
Buttigieg’s biggest night yet
For months, Mr. Buttigieg has been satisfied to make most of his points at the debates without scoring them at the expense of his rivals. That ended Tuesday.
Mr. Buttigieg sparred sharply with former Representative Beto O’Rourke on guns. He rebuked Representative Tulsi Gabbard on foreign policy. And, most notably, he engaged in the most substantive and sustained contrast of any candidate yet with Ms. Warren.
It was Mr. Buttigieg’s exchange with Ms. Warren over “Medicare for all” that was most memorable, pressing her as she declined to say, yet again, whether her plan would require a middle-class tax increase. (She says her plan would curb middle-class “costs.”)
“A yes or no question that did not get a yes or no answer,” Mr. Buttigieg said, adding, “Your signature, Senator, is to have a plan for everything. Except this.” He rattled off how her plan would “obliterate” the private health insurance of 150 million Americans while pitching his “Medicare for all who want it” alternative.
Mr. Buttigieg’s rebuke of Mr. O’Rourke — “I don’t need lessons from you on courage” — may lend itself more to a viral moment. But the bigger leap was to be seen as a foil to Ms. Warren.
It felt at times on Tuesday as if the sprawling 12-person stage had actually narrowed to a four-person debate, with Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders representing the left, and Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg representing the center-left. The occasional television shot of just those four served to hammer home the point.
Booker and Harris settle for staying out of fray
Mr. Booker and Ms. Harris were not the main course on Tuesday. They were the palette cleansers. Mr. Booker and Ms. Harris both came into the debate struggling for support and attention. And it was apparent by the end of the first hour that they had adopted a similar game plan: seeking to rise about the fray and food fight unfolding around them while punching at President Trump.
“Tearing each other down because we have a different plan is unacceptable,” Mr. Booker said. He had been the first candidate to castigate the media for asking Mr. Biden questions about his son’s work in Ukraine.
At one point, Ms. Harris aired a complaint that women’s advocates have pressed for months: the lack of questions about abortion. “This is the sixth debate we have had in this presidential cycle. Not one word with all of these discussions about health care, on women’s access to health care. It’s outrageous,” Ms. Harris said.
On Tuesday, both Ms. Harris and Mr. Booker hit Mr. Trump harder on foreign affairs than any rivals onstage. This is not a new strategy. Ms. Harris focused on Mr. Trump during the last debate, too. And for two candidates who have punched their ticket to November, this was a bloodless way to sell themselves without much risk on a crowded stage.
No game-changing moments for low-polling candidates
The sixth night of Democratic presidential debates delivered three hours of discussion but no signature moments and little likely to be remembered when the primaries and caucuses begin in February.
The most contentious exchanges — between Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg, and then again between Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren — were intermittent, spaced throughout a debate that by obligation had to include seven candidates who haven’t sniffed 5 percent in a poll in months.
With so many low-polling candidates obligated to get speaking time too, the debate meandered through exchanges with Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. O’Rourke and Mr. Castro, each of whom faces long odds to appear at the party’s next debate on Nov. 20 in Atlanta. The billionaire investor Tom Steyer was there too, though, in his first debate appearance, spent more time introducing himself to Democratic voters than he did making a case why he’d be better than anyone else onstage.
While exposing the divisions between the party’s factions, the most taut moments of contrast served more as an example of what is to come once the field shrinks.
CNN and The New York Times were widely criticized for not asking any of the 12 Democratic candidates about China during Tuesday night’s presidential debate.
China has made making major headlines in recent weeks between its trade war with the United States as well as the growing tensions between the communist nation and the NBA after the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made a tweet in support of the Hong Kong protestors.
However, during the “foreign policy” segment of the debate, questions were predominately asked about President Trump’s recent troop withdrawal from Syria as well as handling Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Many blasted the hosting news outlets for brushing China out of the rug.
“Oh good, the foreign policy section is over without a single China question. This is literally a joke,” The Hill’s Chief Washington Correspondent Saagar Enjeti reacted.
“There hasn’t been one question about China in this entire 3 hour debate. It is shameful,” “The View” co-host Meghan McCain tweeted.
Many mocked CNN and the Times for choosing to close the debate on the subject of Ellen DeGeneres’s friendship with former President George W. Bush, which she received backlash for after appearing with him at a Dallas Cowboys game earlier this month.
The only time China was mentioned in the entire three-hour debate was when South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg knocked President Trump, who he accused of not making a “peep” in expressing solidarity with the people of Hong Kong amid tensions with China.
CNN and the Times weren’t only criticized on social media. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi., blasted the outlets from the debate stage over what she described were “smears” against her on foreign policy.
“The New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime-change war,” she said, apparently gesturing toward the moderators. “Just two days ago, The New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia — completely despicable.”
Gabbard appeared to refer to CNN analyst Bakari Sellers’ comments describing the congresswoman as a “puppet for the Russian government.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and appear with him at an event this weekend, The USA TODAY Network has learned.
A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the endorsement. The Washington Post had first reported the planned endorsement.
Nina Turner, a former state senator and current Sanders campaign national co-chair, said to The USA TODAY Network that Ocasio-Cortez was returning the favor for the groundwork Sanders’ campaign had laid in 2016.
“So the foundation that he laid in 2016 allowed for candidates to stand up and be bold and run their race,” Turner said. “This is coming full circle. One person doesn’t make or break a campaign, but the level of excitement, it’s going to take it to the next level for us.”
Later in the evening, Rep. Ilhan Omar, another member of the group of progressive House freshmen colloquially known as “the Squad” announced her endorsement of Sanders.
Omar cited Sanders’ leadership of a “working class movement to defeat Donald Trump,” and his leadership on other major progressive issues – “And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” she said in a release.
Sanders had promoted the rally, which will take place in Queens, New York, during the debate, along with the promise of a “special guest.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes part of Queens, though the rally would take place right outside her district. The two also interacted on Twitter during the debate.
“Tax the rich,” she tweeted, during a debate over income inequality.
The Sanders campaign then quoted her tweet with the comment, “When we are in the White House, that is exactly what we will do.”
The New York congresswoman and liberal firebrand was an organizer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign when the senator’s insurgent campaign in the Democratic primary caught fire against establishment pick Hillary Clinton.
The endorsement by the outspoken progressive could help the Sanders campaign, which has recently lagged in polls amid the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and questions about Sanders’ health after he had a heart attack.
Contributing: Ledyard King, USA TODAY; Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer
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