Democrats held their ninth primary debate in Nevada on Wednesday night.
It was the first debate to feature former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and it quickly turned into the nastiest debate so far.
Everyone on stage was lashing out at each other.
The Hill reports:
As desperation rises, candidates go on the attack
Several candidates had their backs against the wall and it showed with a high energy, scintillating and, at times, vicious debate that was by far the most entertaining and illuminating of the primary season.
Warren put in the kind of debate that will have people chattering about a comeback.
The Massachusetts Democrat set her sights on taking down Bloomberg and seemed to blindside the former New York mayor with the bluntness and ferocity of her attacks.
Buttigieg narrowly triumphed in Iowa and came in a close second in New Hampshire, but he faces real questions about his ability to grow his base of supporters by drawing in voters of color who have so far shunned his campaign.
Buttigieg squared off repeatedly with Sanders, who he cast as a rigid and uncompromising ideologue, as well as with Klobuchar, who he’s working to fend off in the centrist lane of the primary.
Not all of Buttigieg’s attacks landed. He infuriated Klobuchar at several points in the debate, setting her up for cutting and memorable comebacks.
“Not everyone is as perfect as you, Pete,” Klobuchar said at one point.
Here are some videos from the event:
Watch how Elizabeth Warren opened tonight's Democratic debate — with an attack on Michael Bloomberg.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 20, 2020
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 20, 2020
— Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) February 20, 2020
The #DemocraticDebate is great! They're absolutely eating each other alive. Did Bloomberg think buying his way into the #DemDebate was a good idea? This guy has to be the most God awful candidate I've ever seen even worse Bernie. Bloomberg will still win.pic.twitter.com/Zu43zLTCfy
— Kash Jackson (@KashJackson2018) February 20, 2020
— America First (@AmericaFirstPAC) February 20, 2020
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 20, 2020
WATCH → Other candidates boo Bloomberg in the #DemDebate for saying we shouldn't throw out capitalism:
"Other countries tried that. It was called communism & it just didn't work."
Dems 2020 Motto: Boo capitalism. Defend communism.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScaliseGOP) February 20, 2020
They seem kind of panicked about November, don’t they?
They should be.