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Democrats offer substance but few fireworks for undecided voters at seventh debate

David Catanese, Alex Roarty and Emily Cadei, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

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Trump is the first president to be impeached and seek reelection. Despite that historic first, impeachment was an afterthought Tuesday night. The issue didn't come up until the last half-hour of the two-hour debate, and the candidates spent less than 10 minutes discussing it.

Perhaps it isn't a high-profile issue at this point in the election because there's little disagreement between the Democrats currently vying for their party's nomination. All six of the candidates on stage agreed that it was necessary for House Democrats to impeach Trump, given his behavior toward Ukraine, regardless of the political fallout.

"Some things are more important than politics," Warren argued. But she also succinctly foreshadowed how Democrats are likely to use the issue in a general election contest against Trump. "Something that we should all be talking about is the corruption of this administration," Warren said. "That is what lies at the heart of" the impeachment trial.

Warren, Sanders and Klobuchar could all be pulled off the campaign trail in the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses, as the Senate's impeachment trial is expected to begin next week.


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