Looking at the first Democratic debate in June last year, the Democratic hopefuls have come a long way in terms of support, overreach, and political campaign, addressing major issues like healthcare for all, immigration policies, education, climate change and more.
Each Democratic debate has brought with it either some controversies or a major surprise for the voters and caucus. And now, as the Iowa Debate approaches, political analysts, critics, and the voters started speculating on the key issues and what to expect from the debate.
However, Iowans didn’t have to wait long, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s controversial statement about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and surprise withdrawal of Sen. Cory Booker have already topped the list.
Booker announced his withdrawal after failing to qualify for the Iowa debate, on Monday. “It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory,” he said.
The seventh Democratic debate, which will be held today at the Drake University in Des Moines, might witness a major choice shift among voters from Sanders to Warren or vice-versa.
Following the Iowa debate, voters will have a clear perception of how the hopefuls view major issues like climate change, healthcare and education policies, along with the recently escalated US-Iran conflict.
Just a day before the debate, Warren confirmed that during a private meeting in December 2018, fellow hopeful Sanders said that he did not believe that a woman can be the president of the country.
Recalling the conversation, Warren said, “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.” Warren refused to further discuss the conversation and said, “Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.”
The accusation has led many to speculate that the release of conversation in a private meeting, just a day prior the Iowa debate, could be an attempt to turn the tide in Warren’s favor and make it a major point for discussion during the debate.
While Iowans are looking forward to hear each hopeful’s take on the rising healthcare costs and their policies to keep the rural hospitals open and addressing mental health care issues, Iowa debate will be the deciding factor for the few of the left hopefuls.