Democratic debate in South Carolina

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8:40 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Buttigieg: "There are seven white people on stage talking about racial justice"

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Asked if he thought New York City's implementation of "stop and frisk" under former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was racist, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded, "Yes, in effect, it was."

He added: "Because it was about profiling people based on their race."

Buttigieg went on to point out that he's "conscious of the fact that there are seven white people on this stage talking about racial justice."

" None of us — none of us have the experience, the lived experience of -- for example, walking down the street, or in a mall, and feeling feeling eyes on us, regarding us as dangerous, without knowing the first thing about us justice because of the color of our skin."
8:32 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Buttigieg fires back at Sanders on fundraising — and then asks for money

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Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg used an exchange with Bernie Sanders over the number of billionaires who have donated to his campaign to hit back at the Vermont senator — and then raise some money.

Sanders, hitting back at a number of attacks he was facing on Tuesday, said, “Americans don't want candidates to be running to billionaires for huge amounts of funding.” He specifically called out Buttigieg.

The former mayor said it was “untrue” and noted that his campaign has donations from more than 2,000 people “in Charleston alone.”

“Grassroots contributions are the life blood of my campaign,” Buttigieg said, then turned the answer into a pitch for his own campaign. “I shouldn't miss the opportunity, if you're watching right now and you support my��campaign go to, and chip in,” he said. “And if you are watching right now, and you're a billionaire, I will raise your taxes. But if you'd like to defeat Donald Trump, please go to and donate legal maximum of $2,800.”

Sanders was seen laughing at the pitch.

8:30 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Biden hits Sanders on gun votes and Obama primary consideration

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Joe Biden criticized Bernie Sanders for his votes against the Brady Bill in 1993 and reports that the Vermont senator considered a primary campaign against then-President Barack Obama in 2012 — which Sanders denies. 

Biden said he’d sought a longer waiting period before handgun purchases in the Brady Bill than what Sanders had supported. He noted that the debate was taking place within walking distance of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the site of a 2015 massacre at which a white supremacist gunman left nine dead.

“I’m not saying he’s responsible for the nine deaths, but that man would not have been able to get that weapon had the waiting period been what I suggested,” Biden said. 

He also pointed to reports about Sanders having considered a primary challenge against Obama — a potentially significant negative for Sanders in South Carolina, a state where more than half the Democratic primary electorate is African American. 

“Let’s talk about progressive: Progressive is getting things done, and that’s what we got done — we got a lot done,” Biden said. 

8:26 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Sanders: "The economy is doing really great for people like Mr. Bloomberg"

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Bernie Sanders said the economy is “doing really great” for billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, and said his own campaign is about creating an “economy for all.”

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell said, “We haven't had a national unemployment rate this low for this long in 50 years. Here in South Carolina, the unemployment rate is even lower. How will you convince voters that a Democratic Socialist can do better than President Trump with with the economy? 

“Well, you're right. The economy is doing really great for people like Mr. Bloomberg and other billionaires,” Sanders responded. 

He said billionaires have seen an increase in wealth in the last several years, while many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. 

“For for the ordinary American, things are not so good,” Sanders said. 

“That is not an economy that's working for the American people," he said. "That's an economy working for the 1%. We're going to create an economy for all, not just wealthy campaign contributors."

8:28 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Bloomberg claims Russia is "helping" Sanders get elected

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In an early tense exchange, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg attacked front runner Bernie Sanders directly claiming "Russia is helping you get elected."

Sanders snapped back, "Oh, Mr. Bloomberg."

Sanders continued: "Hey, Mr. Putin, if I'm President of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections." 

8:20 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Warren: "Bernie's team trashed me" over Medicare for All

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Elizabeth Warren has been quietly chipping away at her progressive pal Bernie Sanders for weeks.

On Tuesday night, she upped the ante during her opening comments. Warren said she was on Sanders' side on a number of issues, but then attacked the front-runner over his approach to health care.

"Bernie and I both want to see universal health care, but Bernie’s plan doesn’t explain how to get there. Doesn’t show how we’re going to get enough allies into it and doesn’t show enough about how we’re gonna pay for it," Warren said.

And then, the dagger:

"I dug in, I did the work (on the financing) and then Bernie’s team trashed me for it," Warren said.

Warren was subject to some progressive criticism after she released her Medicare for All financing and transition plans. Sanders and his campaign offered some mild criticism. His supporters, though, were more aggressive, questioning Warren's commitment to the legislation.

8:18 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

This is the first time Sanders is at center stage solo

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Bernie Sanders is standing in center stage solo — for the first time.

Why this matters: It reflects his clear front-runner status.

Also new onstage tonight is the podium order.

Pete Buttigieg standing between Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren. CBS said the podium order was determined using a combination of polling averages and the current delegate count.

8:08 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

NOW: The debate has started

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The candidates are now taking the stage at the 10th Democratic debate in South Carolina.

This is the final time that the primary field will appear together onstage before Saturday's South Carolina primary and "Super Tuesday" on March 3.

7:59 p.m. ET, February 25, 2020

Bloomberg is ready for Warren to bring up confidentiality agreements, aide says

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is prepared to respond to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s demand that he issue a blanket release on all nondisclosure agreements, including those pertaining to his company, his aide said.

On Friday, Bloomberg said that women covered by three nondisclosure agreements who had made complaints against him can be released from those pacts if they contact his company.

“We’re ready for Warren to attack him tonight on NDAs,” the Bloomberg aide said.

What's this about: During the last presidential debate in Nevada, Warren eviscerated Bloomberg for his alleged comments about women and reports that dozens of women who left his company had signed nondisclosure agreements, barring them from publicly discussing their experiences.

Bonnie P. Josephs, the former attorney for one of the women Bloomberg released last week, Sekiko Sakai Garrison, told CNN, “Bloomberg should have released all the NDAs without demanding an application for release, and he should have stated that he would not sue anyone who revealed the truth."