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Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals


February 20, 2020

John Locher – Associated Press

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigiet and Amy Klobuchar stood on the stage in Las Vegas before Wednesday's debate.

LAS VEGAS - From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party's urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was once a Republican, was forced to defend his record and past comments related to race, gender and his personal wealth in an occasionally rocky debate stage debut. Sanders, meanwhile, tried to beat back pointed questions about his embrace of democratic socialism and his health following a heart attack last year.


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