Each of the seven candidates gave a closing statement to wrap up tonight's debate, the last one before the New Hampshire primary.
They were asked: "Today, nearly one in five American preschoolers are still living below the poverty line, even though we've had 10 straight years of economic growth. What does that say to you about where America is today and what we need to do about it?"
Here's how they responded:
- Businessman Andrew Yang: "The mission in this campaign has to be for us to disentangle economic value and human value and say they are not the same things. And make this case to our fellow Americans that we all have intrinsic value."
- Former Mayor Peter Buttigieg: "When I'm president, we're going to measure the performance of our economy not by the Dow Jones but by the income growth of the 90%."
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "I believe the best investment we can make as a nation, the best investment we can make as human beings is to invest in our children."
- Former Vice President Joe Biden: "If I only have $1 to spend, I'd spend it equipping the child before they get into school in the early day than after. ... We must focus on our children."
- Sen. Bernie Sanders: "Our campaign is about the working families of this country, for the working class of this country and that is the administration we will run. It is time to take on the big money interest and time to change our national priorities."
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar: "I will tell you this, there is a complete lack of empathy in this guy in the White House right now. ... If you have trouble stretching your paycheck to pay for that rent, I know you. I will fight for you. If you have trouble deciding if you are going to pay for your child care or your long term care, I know you and I will fight for you."
- Businessman Tom Steyer: "I know that there is a better America out there and that America lives in our hearts and minds and that America understands that when a kid succeeds in Columbia, South Carolina, that is a triumph for every American."
Klobuchar was the only 2020 hopeful to respond to this question: