ABC Debates & Interviews
The 8th Democratic debate co-hosted by ABC and television station WMUR was held at St Anselm College, outside of Manchester, NH. The candidates surprisingly struck a less hostile tone than prior debates and there were even some moments of levity when Bernie Sanders was asked about a criticism by Hillary Clinton about his likability in the Senate, hoping to get some moments of disagreement, but instead Joe Biden talked about his admiration for Sanders and gave him a hug. Not all moments were light though, with multiple candidates questioning Pete Buttigieg about his inability to break through with non-white voters and Biden sharply criticizing Sanders over gun control.
Amy Klobuchar sat down with the women on "The View" to discuss her Presidential campaign, the impeachment investigation into Donald Trump, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's entry into the crowded Democratic field, and why she thinks she is best suited to take on Donald Trump in the general election.
Joe Biden sat down for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live one day after Nancy Pelosi formally announced that the House of Representatives will open impeachment proceedings against President Trump due to the fact that Trump pressured the Ukrainian President to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for him releasing military aid authorized by Congress to the country. Biden expressed deep concern about Trump's actions, saying "It's such a blatant abuse of power that I don't think it can stand. Based on the material that they acknowledged today, it seems to me it's awful hard to avoid the conclusion that it is an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility."
The third Democratic debate in Houston brought the top ten candidates in the Democratic field onto the same stage for the first time and there was no shortage of lively discussion among the group. The top three candidates - Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders - stuck largely to their typical script, with neither of them delivering any major blows, to the likely relief of Joe Biden. The remaining seven candidates received ample time to deliver their message and answer questions from the moderators, but none appeared to deliver a breakout performance that would shake the top of the field up.
Bernie Sanders sat down with the ladies of "The View" to discuss his Presidential campaign and where he thinks the race is at a few months before Iowa voters head to their caucus sites. Sanders got in a heated disagreement with Meghan McCain after she challenged him to name a Republican Senator that he can work with and he responded that he used to love working with her late father and still enjoys a working relationship with retiring Senator Johnny Isaacson. When she retorted that "they're dead" he reminded her that "Johnny is not dead."
Kirsten Gillibrand sat down for an interview with Martha Raddatz of "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" where they discussed the major protests in Hong Kong and her belief that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history in not standing up for the protesters. She also criticized Israel's decision to bar Democratic Congresswomen from entering the country, but refused to call for any repercussions. The Senator also discussed her proposal for an assault weapons ban and a gun buyback program.