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Seven Democrats will be debating in Charleston, S.C., four days before the South Carolina primary. Last week’s forum smashed a TV ratings record.

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Pete Buttigieg pressed Bernie Sanders on the filibuster and his opposition to rewriting the rules of the Senate to make it possible to pass major legislation with only 50 votes. Follow more live updates from the DemDebate.

Seven Democrats will be debating in Charleston, S.C., four days before the South Carolina primary. Last week’s forum smashed a TV ratings record.

Klobuchar goes after Sanders as a “socialist.” Biden focuses on race — and then gets testy. Mr. Biden, who is competing hard for support from black voters in South Carolina’s primary on Saturday, was given an opportunity to talk about race in America and his priorities. “My entire life I have been involved with the black community. I was a public defender. I worked in the projects. I came along, and the first thing I did as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee was extending the Voting Rights Act eventually for 25 years.” Referring to black Americans, he said: “We’ve got to help them create wealth, and that’s why we double the amount of money that is available for young entrepreneurs and black entrepreneurs are as successful as any other group of people in the country.” As the moderators sought to move on, though, Mr. Biden grew testy over the tendency of other candidates to violate the debate rules and talk at length. “I know how you cut me off all the time but I’m not going to be quiet any more. OK?” he said. Was that a ... joke? Mr. Bloomberg, it seemed, made fun of his abysmal performance in his first presidential debate last week. “I really am surprised,” he said, “that all of my fellow contestants up here, because I would have thought after I did such a good job in beating them last week that they would be a little bit afraid to do that.” It’s not immediately clear what Mr. Bloomberg was talking about, given the beat-down that Ms. Warren and others put on him during the debate last week in Las Vegas. A topic rarely discussed in debates: education. And now for something completely different: The candidates talking about themselves and their plans, and not attacking each other. It took the issue of education, an issue on which the candidates have few major differences. Mr. Bloomberg went first. He defended his stewardship of the New York City public schools system, in particular the expansion of public charter schools. “We’ve cut the gap between the rich and the poor, we’ve made an enormous difference in the options the parents have,” he said, adding that he raised teacher salaries and helped address poverty in the city. “Rather than just talk about it in New York we actually did it,” he added. Ms. Warren followed up, saying she would appoint an education secretary who has taught in public schools. Mr. Buttigieg went next, saying that he’d also value public school educators. They finished the segment with no attacks and no candidate referencing a rival. Warren and Buttigieg press Sanders on the filibuster. Image Ms. Warren pressed Mr. Sanders on his position on filibusters. Credit... Erin Schaff/The New York Times Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg pressed Mr. Sanders and, to a lesser extent, Mr. Biden on their opposition to rewriting the rules of the Senate to make it possible to pass major legislation with only 50 votes. “Understand this,” Ms. Warren said. “The filibuster is giving a veto to the gun industry. It gives a veto to the oil industry. It’s going to give a veto on immigration. Until we’re willing to dig in and say that if Mitch McConnell is going to do to the next Democratic president what he did to President Obama.” After the conversation veered elsewhere, Mr. Buttigieg returned to it. “I want to come back to the question of the filibuster because this is not some long-ago bad vote that Bernie Sanders took,” he said. “This is a current bad position that Bernie Sanders holds.” He questioned whether, without eliminating it, much would get done. “How are we going to support a revolution, if you won’t even support a rule change?” Mr. Buttigieg said. Biden sharply criticizes Sanders on gun control. Mr. Biden tried going after Mr. Sanders on gun control in the last debate and got cut off by the moderators. He didn’t tonight. “A hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” Mr. Biden said. “More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on. Carnage on our streets. And I want to tell you, if I’m elected N.R.A., I’m coming for you, and, gun manufacturers, I’m going to take you on and I’m going to beat you.” Mr. Sanders tried to pivot into an attack on Mr. Biden’s votes on free trade — drawing boos from some in the audience — before acknowledging that he was wrong on gun control votes earlier in his career. “I’ve cast thousands of votes,” Mr. Sanders said. “That was a bad vote.” And if there was an attack on Mr. Sanders tonight, you could be sure Mr. Bloomberg was going to try to pile on. “I have a six million-person organization around this country. Moms Demand Action, in every town,” Mr. Bloomberg said, citing legislation his organization has backed in state legislatures across the country. Bloomberg on Pelosi’s majority: ‘I bough — got them.’ Mr. Bloomberg sold himself as the candidate to win over moderate Republicans and keep the House of Representative in Democratic control, noting he had backed nearly two dozen House Democrats last year. “Let’s just go on the record. They talk about 40 Democrats. Twenty-one of those were people I spent $100 million to help elect,” he said. Then he almost had a slip of the tongue. “All of the new Democrats that came in,” he said, “put Nancy Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bough — got them.” Klobuchar goes after Sanders as a “socialist.” Ms. Klobuchar, who didn’t speak much in the first half-hour of the debate, took sharp aim at Mr. Sanders as she sought to make a case for electability. “I am the only one in the New Hampshire debate when asked if we had a problem with a socialist leading the ticket that raised my hands,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “I like Bernie. We came in together to the Senate. But I do not think that this is the best person to lead the ticket.” “I was the most effective Democrat in the U.S. Senate on 15 metrics. Bernie and Elizabeth were in the bottom half. It matters — it matters if you can actually get things done.” Buttigieg, Biden, Bloomberg warn about a wipeout with Sanders as nominee. Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Biden attacked Mr. Sanders on the stage for what others have been saying in private for months: That Mr. Sanders would cost Democrats their House majority and imperil efforts to win the Senate in 2020. Nominating Mr. Sanders, Mr. Buttigieg said, “adds up to four more years of Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy as the speaker of the House. Not only is this a way to get Donald Trump re-elected, we have a House to worry about, a Senate to worry about.” He added: “If you want to keep the House in Democratic hands, you might want to check with the people who actually turned the House blue — 40 Democrats who are not running on your platform. They are running away from your platform as fast as they possibly can.” Mr. Biden piled on. More of those 40 Democrats have endorsed him than anyone else, he said. And then Mr. Bloomberg said a Trump victory will lead to a generational catastrophe for Democrats. “Bernie will lose to Donald Trump. And Donald Trump, and the House, and the Senate and some of the state houses will all go red and then between gerrymandering and appointing judges for the next 20 or 30 years, we’re going to live with this catastrophe,” he said. Mr. Sanders shot back. “If you want to beat Trump what you’re going to need is an unprecedented grass-roots movement,” Mr. Sanders said. Biden, overlooked early, tries to assert himself: ‘I’m gonna talk.’ Mr. Biden did not speak a lot in the early moments. At one point everyone onstage was raising their hand except him. But after 30 minutes, he had had enough. “I guess the only way to do this is jump in and speak twice as long as you should” Mr. Biden said. He took the chance to attack Mr. Steyer for past investments in private prisons. As he time expired, he pressed on. “I’m not out of time. You spoke overtime and I’m going to talk!” Mr. Biden said. Sanders pressed on the cost of his plans. Mr. Sanders was pushed by moderators for exactly how he would pay for his array of plans, in particular his “Medicare for all” proposal. “Can you do the math for the rest of us?” said Norah O’Donnell of CBS. “How many hours do you have?” Mr. Sander said, somewhat dismissively. He provided little specifics in his answer. “It doesn’t take two hours to do the math,” said Mr. Buttigieg later. When Ms. Klobuchar jumped in, she quoted Mr. Sanders’s comments on “60 Minutes” over the weekend, in which Mr. Sanders declined to list off all the particular costs. She accused him of “broken promises that sound good on bumper stickers.” Warren hits Bloomberg again over NDAs. Ms. Warren came with a howitzer at Mr. Bloomberg, trashing his tenure as the CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., when women who worked for him signed nondisclosure agreements that bound them to silence about their experience at the company in exchange for cash payments. “Let us have the women have an opportunity to speak,” Ms. Warren said. “The Bloomberg corporation and Mayor Bloomberg himself have been accused of discrimination. They are bound by nondisclosures so that they cannot speak. If he says there is nothing to hide here, then sign a blanket release and let those women speak.” Mr. Bloomberg shot back that he never said, as Ms. Warren accused, that he demanded a pregnant woman abort her unborn child. And he said he was “probably wrong” to make jokes that women who worked for him found offensive. “I don’t remember what they were,” he said of those jokes. “If it bothered them, I was wrong, and I apologize. I’m sorry for that.” Mr. Bloomberg said he had, as Ms. Warren requested in last week’s debate, signed a blanket release to allow women who signed nondisclosure agreements to speak about their experiences. “The trouble is with this senator is enough is never enough,” he said. Warren slams Bloomberg for past Republican giving. Video Read more: The New York Times

- Yep, he buys political seats and power, so none of us should be surprised if he ends up with the nomination. I wish more billionaires have such social consciences Almost? Like the fake news is almost biased. He bought two dozen seats for the Dems and is proud of that! Wow! Should he be investigated? Oh geez

My favorite Bloomberg quote was when he touted getting same-sex legislation through the Republican-majority Senate in New York. Although that was a great accomplishment, it wasn't that hard. He was a Republican back then. malarkeyjoe embellished, exaggerated and misrepresented truth ! Really, joe, magazine limit 10 bullets has not been legislated yet! One ☝️ of numerous spins from Joe, and with a loaded debate Biden audience! Hey, South Carolina factcheckmalarkeyjoe

funkinatrix He said he BOUGHT THE SEATS for $100Million Ooh, tough talk from a tough guy. Trump has made the same claim. We need more than talk, what's your plan Biden?

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Who cares We won I caught that, too! ComradeSanders Well especially since 150 million have died since 2007, according to Biden Graphic description of the Biden campaign in real time. I definitely won’t vote Biden. He's not gonna do shit. Biden claimed, without evidence, that 150 million Americans were killed by guns since 2007.

Huge if Joe...Huge fookin if.

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He also said 150 million gun deaths in US since 2007. 🤦‍♂️ Biden’s gun control plan: GO to sleep Why isn't Warren going after Bernie? This is why he has an obvious place as Democratic hero and calling him mere plutocrat is shallow and dopey. The end of a campaign and the vanishing of a few hundred million $, in 5 letters.

👀 Bernie Sanders won roughly as many moderate votes in NV as any of the self proclaimed moderate candidates. DemDebate Buttigieg just threw a punch regarding Cuba.

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Pete is just coming off very SMUG in this debate. It's not a good look IDK about Bernie; but agree with the statement (o_©)o☆ 😂😂😂😂 this is gold. I don’t care who he buys if he gets rid of Trump and MConnell Bernie answers nothing. And he has a Trumpian grasp of the truth. But Bloomberg did it. He helped turn congress blue.

He meant to say, “I bought them!” I heard that slip too! LMAO 🤭

South Carolina Democratic debate live updates: Candidates face off in CharlestonThe 10th Democratic debate will be the last before the nominating contests in South Carolina on Saturday and 14 other states on Super Tuesday. I want someone at the DemDebate to explain to me how a Medicare for all plan is better than my ppo for me. The Medicare in NH told me my insurance is better for me, because I’m in and out of doctor offices every two weeks, and have 7 specialists taking care of my health TODAYshow Why are the banks offering low mortgage interest rates while student loan rates are double those rates? It is like watching a blooper show!

Washington politics have gotten absurd. Bloomberg is to the right of Trump and moderate Republicans are to the left of the Democratic party. You in the MSM have done a great job of warping perceptions. This debate is giving me gas Can't say he didn't tell us! 🤦🤔🕵🤐 I don't think Bernie needs to take legislation advice from a small town mayor.

How are you going to do anything when you're owned by corps? Bernie Sanders speaks billionaire in EVERY sentence. It is pure envy of a loser who never produced anything in his life, defended the USSR at 40, and became a millionaire suckling on a state teacup and selling populism. Freud explains .. Pete Buttigieg is a liar. Stop promoting him

Advice to Bloomberg. The humor is too rehearsed and too forced. Stop. PeteButtigieg DemDebate2020 It’s not up to the president. Period. And what good would it do to end filibuster if republicans have majority!

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Democratic Debate Live Stream: Watch Live With Real-Time AnalysisFollow the Democratic presidential debate — the last before the South Carolina primary and the Super Tuesday contests — with our reporters in real time. llerer Well, she's right... llerer OK, this was perfect. llerer She is a demon who spouts falsehoods that she knows to be false. Never Warren!

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