Who were the winners and losers in the January Democratic debate? – By Rebecca Morin & Savannah Behrmann (USA Today) / Jan 15 2020
WASHINGTON – Six Democratic presidential candidates made their case to voters Tuesday in their last national plea before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3.
While some candidates rose to the occasion, others struggled to make waves.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers:
The four frontrunners
All eyes were on to the four candidates who have largely led in polling for several months: former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
All four have at times led polling in Iowa, and are locked in a tight race in New Hampshire, whose primary follows closely behind Iowa.
Warren and Sanders were pitted against each other on whether a woman can be president, and their exchange on that issue was the only real contentious moment between them.
A CNN article published Monday reported that during a meeting between Warren and Sanders in 2018, Sanders reportedly told Warren he didn’t believe a woman could win the presidency.
Sanders has fiercely refuted that he ever said that. Warren, after hours of media questions Monday, issued her own statement saying Sanders did tell her that. Both candidates have tried to de-escalate the situation after a day of back-and-forth in the media.