The presidential debate in the October Democratic presidential primaries began immediately on Tuesday night with the biggest issue dominating the headlines as the top 12 Democratic candidates were questioned about President Donald Trump's ongoing impeachment investigation. And while Democratic candidates have clear differences when it comes to their political agendas, they have all come together broadly in supporting the House impeachment inquiry – and in many cases the possibility of Trump's removal. “Sometimes there are bigger issues than politics. I think this is the case with this impeachment investigation, ”said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was the first candidate to support impeachment on Tuesday. "Impeachment is the way we have established that this man will not be able to violate the law repeatedly, without consequences."
Many of the candidates onstage on Tuesday were thrilled with impeachment, quickly highlighting Trump's flaws and, as Vice President Joe Biden put it, his status as "the most corrupt in modern history and I think all of our history." . do not hold [Trump] to account. . . we've failed everyone who sacrificed and put their lives on the line, ”said former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, while Senator Amy Klobuchar said she would like to hear Trump respond to how his policies, including his recent withdrawal of troops in the north. from Syria, “makes the United States great again.” “It must be removed,” said Julián Castro simply about Trump. Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has been running a "Need for impeachment" campaign for a long time, emphasized popular support for impeachment, saying how he took his campaign to the people after realizing two years ago "that there was something desperately wrong on Avenida da Pennsylvania, 1600 ". "Impeachment and removal of this president is something people are demanding, that's what they want," said Steyer.
As full members of Congress, several candidates will play a direct role in deciding Trump's fate in impeachment. "Mitch McConnell needs to do the right thing and allow a free and fair trial in the Senate," Senator Bernie Sanders emphasized during her response to impeachment support. Senator Kamala Harris maintained her opposition to Trump before a likely Senate vote, answering when asked if she was already deciding she wants to remove Trump was being fair to the president: "Well, you're just being observant." crimes in sight, "Harris said, adding that" as a former prosecutor, I know a confession when I see it. " Senator Cory Booker was also asked if he could be fair in an impeachment trial, as he once said that "Trump's moral vandalism disqualifies him from being president." The New Jersey senator emphasized the importance of taking his impeachment vote seriously, saying that “this has to do with patriotism and not partisanship” and this is a “moral and not political moment one. "We have to conduct this process in a way that is honorable, so as to unite our country and not separate us," Booker said. As the only House member on stage – and a legislator who only recently supported an impeachment inquiry – the representative. Tulsi Gabbard retained the most cautious view of impeachment on stage, emphasizing that her support for the investigation was specifically based on Ukraine and urging the importance of "gathering all information" and seeing how the investigation "unfolds." "If impeachment is motivated by these hyperpartisan interests, it will divide an already divided country," Gabbard said.
For Biden, the impeachment investigation is a more personal matter, as it stems in part from an unfounded right-wing conspiracy theory regarding the role of his son Hunter Biden's board of directors in a Ukrainian energy company. When specifically asked about Trump and Rudy Giuliani's allegations about him and his son – that there is no evidence to support – Biden emphasized: “My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. ”Biden said Hunter's statement on the subject“ speaks for itself ”and“ never discussed anything ”about Ukraine with his son, emphasizing that the issue is Trump's corruption and“ why it is so important to remove this man of office. "Rudy Giuliani, the president, and his bandits have already proven to be liars," said Biden. "[Trump] is stalking me because he knows that if I get the nomination, I'll win like a drum."