We’re approaching the midpoint of a debate among Democratic presidential candidates being held at Otterbein University in Ohio. Candidates on stage this evening are:
Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sanders says that Turkey is not an ally of the United States at this moment, then moves on also to how no country in the world will be our ally as Trump betrays alliances.
Buttigieg jumps back in and gets in a good mention of Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi. He’s done well on this whole issue.
Klobuchar says we should “work with our allies to say ‘come back Turkey.’” And good — she mentions Trump’s pulling out of treaties including the Iran treaty as other acts of betrayal.
Harris says “what has happened in Syria is once again Donald Trump selling folks out.” Says the winners are “Russia, Iran, Assad, and ISIS” and this is “a crisis of Donald Trump’s making.” A good clear condemnation of Trump.
Castro says the most important thing to get people to trust America is boot Donald Trump out of office. Trump is “caging kids on the border, and letting ISIS prisoners run free.” He also goes into the Iran nuclear treaty — double plus good points for everyone who brings that up.
Booker asked about Russia moving into the “power vacuum” created by Trump. Says that Trump has made allies hesitant to trust America both in supporting friends, but in opposing foes. Trump is “time and time again showing moral weakness.” Right now Trump is “lying to the America people saying he’s bringing troops home while at the same time he’s sending more troops to Saudi Arabia.”
Biden says Erdogan understands that if he’s pushed out of NATO “he’s in real trouble.” But that Trump has no leverage against anyone, says if Trump is reelected “there will be no NATO.” Goes back to Gabbard’s claim and says there “was no policy of regime change” but the policy was to “make sure that regime didn’t wipe out hundreds of thousands of American people.” Biden’s experience comes off well here.
O’Rourke asked about the failure to hold Russia accountable for their election interference and to stand up to them on the global stage. Comes back to the Kurds, says Trump’s actions make it more likely there will be another generation of American troops in the Middle East. Defends the idea of using democracy.