Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage in Nevada tonight, days before the state's caucuses.
In back-to-back town halls, the Democratic candidates addressed a variety of topics, including the Department of Justice, President Trump and the 2020 presidential race.
In case you missed it, here are some of the key lines from tonight's town halls:
- On Bloomberg: Biden harshly criticized Michael Bloomberg for his television advertisements and revisited attacks on the former New York City mayor from Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. "He's advertising himself to be Barack’s best buddy," Biden said.
- On Trump: He said the President "has put us in a terrible situation." Biden went on to say: "He has diminished the middle class significantly. He has made it more difficult for everybody who is struggling every single day just to make it. The people I grew up with to be able to do anything about it."
- On Russian meddling: Biden responded to reports that Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020, saying that he was "not surprised at all." He continued: "Look, I was deeply involved in the intelligence community when I was, when I was vice president. We knew it then. They have been involved. They continue to be involved. I guarantee you they're involved. And the fact is that I expect whoever did that is about to be fired."
- On the National Rifle Association: On site of the deadliest mass shooting in the US, where a gunman killed 58 concertgoers in 2017, Biden made his feelings about the NRA and weapons manufacturers clear. "I'm the only guy that has beaten the NRA nationally, and I did it twice, nationally. And gun manufacturers, I'm coming for you. Period," he said.
- On Bloomberg: She said Bloomberg should be disqualified from running for president over allegations of sexist and misogynistic behavior. But Warren added that if he’s nominated, she’ll support him.
- On gender and politics: Warren discussed the difficulties of being a woman candidate on the national stage, describing it as getting “caught in between” of not calling out sexism and being accused of whining.
- On Russian meddling: She reacted to reports that Russia is poised to interfere in the US election this November, saying, "What's deeply worrisome about this is we now live in America where one political party seem to think political interference helps them in an election. And that makes the challenge enormous."
- On super PACs: Warren denied that she backtracked on not taking any help from super PACs, despite her website explicitly saying she “rejects the help of Super PACs and would disavow any Super PAC formed to support her in the Democratic primary.” Warren declined earlier today to disavow a new super PAC supporting her by spending over $1 million to air a biography-focused television ad in Nevada.