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Westerville, Ohio ()Polls show that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. And on Tuesday night in Ohio, her 11 rivals ed like it.

And moderate candidates — some, like South Bend, na, or Pete Buttigieg, fighting to climb into the top tier; s, like Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuch, just desperate to make the st — dropped the euphemi and pressed their progressive foes in direct and somes personal terms.
e seven takeaways from Tuesday night’s :

    under attack for the

    ’s months-long mch to the front of the polls finy put her in the position of being the most heavily ed and scrutinized candidate on st.
    Buttigieg and Klobuch led the chge, assling over her answers on e.
    supports Sanders’ proposal for “Medie for ” — replacing private insurance with everyone receiving cover through a -run plan. And while Sanders has acd that Americans’ es would need to increase to pay for the plan, refused to say whether the middle class’s es would go up — instead only saying that, because deductibles, premiums and co-pays would be eliminated, over costs would decrease.
    Buttigieg accused her of dodging a yes-or-no question. “r signature is to have a plan for everything, ecept this. No plan has been ld out to epln how a multi-trillion doll hole in this plan that Sen. is putting is supd to get filled in,” he sd.
    Klobuch accused of being dishonest. “We owe it to the American to tell them w we send the invoice,” she sd.
    later aded the question of es, when former Teas Rep. Beto O’Rourke asked her — during a discussion about ’s prod wealth and e cover — whether she would rse middle-class es. “No,” she sd — but the was mostly lost amid cross-talk.

    Bernie Sanders won the night

    And it had nothing to do with what hened on st.
    In the ’s final s, the Washington Post broke the that New Rep. Aleandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to endorse Sanders. CNN then reported that two members of the “Squad,” Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Om and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlb, do the same.
    The pick-ups e . Some Democratic strategists think that out of the Obamas, Ocasio-Cortez represents the most influential potential endorsement of the 2020 primy .
    It also comes at a key for Sanders. ’s months-long ascent, fueled in pt by progressives as she advocated some simil policies to Sanders, was on Tuesday night, when the rest of the treated her as the front-. If Ocasio-Cortez had her, it could have been the beginning of the end of Sanders’ s.
    Instead, he gets a major injection of energy — and sends the signal that he’s f from done yet.

    es of 2016 as the front-s fight


      takes a jab at Biden while complimenting Obama

    For most of the night, as wore the biggest , Biden slipped into the background. That changed ne the end of the , when the ’s top tier — Biden, and Sanders — finy unloaded on each .
    The question that loomed over their: Biden has a lengthy record — but is it one that’s in line with w the Democratic electorate is ?
    It began when Biden touted his record in former ’s administration, pressuring Reans to vote for measures such as the federal stimulus .
    “We have good . The question is who is going to be able to get it done? How can get it done?” Biden sd. “And I’m not suggesting they can’t, but I’m suggesting that’s what we should at.”
    That’s when Sanders pounced, attacking Biden — in a that felt simil to the ’s 2016 s with — over legislation Biden had and Sanders opd over the last three decades.
    “Joe, talked about working with Reans and getting done. But k what, also got done, and I say this as a good friend,” Sanders sd. “ got the disastrous w in done. got a bankruptcy bill, which is hurting middle class families over this country. got agreements like NAFTA and ( relations) with China done, which have cost us 4 million jobs.”
    Then jumped in.
    Responding to Biden’s assertion that he is best able to get done, she pointed to her role in creating the Financial Protection Bureau during the Obama administration.
    Seemingly miffed to be denied a of the cit, Biden interjected, nely shouting, “I went on the floor and got votes. I got votes for that bill. I convinced to vote for it, so ’s get those strght, too.”
    responded by thanking Obama — but notably omitting Biden.
    “I am deeply grateful to Obama, who fought so hd to make sure that ncy was passed into ,” she sd.

    Trouble for Biden?

    For the former vice , fading into the background of a is a troubling sign because of what it suggests: that his foes him as less of a threat than they once did.
    But just as the good had come late for Sanders, the real for Biden’s campgn came even later Wednesday night.
    In a scheduling oddity, reports covering the third quter of 2019 were due in to the Federal Commission by midnight — an hour after the ended.
    Biden’s report revealed that his campgn ended September with just $9 million on hand. That’s f short of Sanders’ $33.7 million, ’s $25.7 million and Buttigieg’s $23.4 million — and is even below Sen. ’ $10.5 million.

    A more aggressive Buttigieg

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      Buttigieg to O’Rourke: I don’t need lessons from

    The South Bend, na, or had made it obvious he planned to come out swinging. In the days before the , he’d launched an ad that was critical of and Sanders over Medie for , criticized ’s grassroots fundrsing strategy for the general as being reliant on “pocket change,” and attacked O’Rourke over his support for mandatory buy-backs of assault- rifles in an on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America.”
    The echanges with over e might be the night’s most memorable.
    But he also got a to tout an element of his own biography — his mility service — in clashing with Hawi Rep. Tulsi Gabbd, the only mility veteran in the , over her c to end “endless ws.”
    “The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence, it a consequence of a withdrawal and a betrayal by this of American ies and American values,” he sd.
    Buttigieg also shply criticized O’Rourke — at one point, in personal terms — over the former Teas congressman’s prod mandatory buy-backs of assault- rifles.
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    just made it cle that don’t k how this is going to take weapons off the street,” he sd. “If can develop the plan further, we can have a . But we can’t wt.”
    O’Rourke responded that mass shootings e a “crisis” and that Democrats should make the case for fther-reaching gun control measures. “’s decide what we e going to believe in, what we e going to achieve, and ’s bring this country together in order to do that,” he sd.
    Buttigieg shot back: “The problem isn’t the polls, the problem is the . And I don’t need lessons from on cour, political or personal.”
    “I don’t e what that meant to me or my candidacy,” O’Rourke replied. But to survivors of gun violence, and Mch For Our Lives, the gun control advocacy group founded by students after the Pkland, Florida, shooting last ye, “that was a slap in the face to every single one of those groups,” he sd. s later, the organization tweeted prse for O’Rourke’s position.

    Klobuch, unleashed

    With the Democratic National Committee rsing its fundrsing and polling threshs for the November , Klobuch walked on st facing the real possibility that this could be her last.
    Her : Go hd at the Democratic primy’s most ascendant candidate, .
    “The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that can uy get done,” she sd of at one point, as she criticized her support for Medie for .
    Klobuch’s on Tuesday stands in k contrast to her three s, which were more muted.
    And is a reason for that: After qualifying for the four s, Klobuch is on the verge of not qualifying for the fifth Democratic in November. While Klobuch has the requi number of donors, she has yet to reach the polling thresh, something that her believes she can boost with a well-ed .
    Then ’s the portion of her roach that’s in the eye of the beh: One of her mks as a candidate — goofy humor — continued on Tuesday night.
    “Vladimir Putin is someone who has shot down planes over Uke, who has poisoned his opponent and we have not talked about what we need to do to protect ourselves from invading our ,” Klobuch sd. “This wasn’t meddling. That’s what I do when I c my daughter on a Saturday night and ask her what she’s doing.”

    Yang’s ‘ Dividend’ gets an ring

    An Yang launched his ial campgn in 2017 with a plan to give every American $1,000 a month to combat job losses and automation — and very little attention from and voters.
    Almost two yes later, Yang’s plan for a universal basic income, which he’s cing a “ dividend,” remns his signature proposal. But his imp on the has increased ticy — a reality that was on on Tuesday night when the candidates on st d a universal basic income and job losses to automation in depth on national .
    “We have a dividend of $1,000 a month, it recognizes the work in our families and communities. It s Americans transition,” Yang sd. “When we put the money into our hands, we can build a trickle up from our , our families and our communities up. It enable us to do the work that we want to do. This is the sort of vision in to the fourth industrial r that we have to emb.”
    Yang has talked about his universal basic income at previous s. What made Tuesday different was that candidates — some of whom lgely igno Yang in previous s — began to seriously automation and a basic income.
    “I believe that we need to ad a being imped by automation,” sd former Housing and Urban Development Secrety Julián Castro.
    “I agree with my friend An Yang. Universal basic income is a good idea to provide that so can make choices that they want to see,” Gabbd sd.
      But what clely cemented Yang’s rise is that the over universal basic income got him into a direct gument with , who sd the issue is broader.
      After the , Yang t that — who, with Biden, is at the top of the Democratic — had asked him to send her detls on his proposal. “She sd she wanted to see the ,” he sd.

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