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It wasn't completely smooth sailing for Warren (which we'll get to), but it was an affirmation that she is viewed as perhaps the frontrunner now, ' the Washington Post's Aaron Blake said.

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate Tuesday over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. If she did, however, she'd likely enter New Hampshire in a three-way tie for the top spot, with Warren at 25 percent, Biden at 24 percent and Sanders at 22 percent, according to the Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University Survey.

"You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States", Trump said on Twitter after the 12 contenders spent much of their three-hour debate attacking Trump's White House performance over the last three years and calling for his impeachment.

When Buttigieg was asked about Beto O'Rourke's proposed mandatory buyback for assault weapons, he said the plan was insufficiently fleshed out at a time when action is needed.

Buttigieg also criticized Warren for what he called "infinite partisan combat". Warren, ever unflappable, merely paused in her response and said brightly, "Thank you!"-which got a big laugh from the audience".

He also sparred with Rep. Gabbard's call to end USA wars in the Middle East, marking a tense moment between the two military veterans where he clapped back and said: "Respectfully, congresswoman, I think that is dead wrong".

In the three previous debates, numerous contenders on the crowded stage were more interested in trying to deflate Biden, but two factors have changed that.

Still, most of the back-and-forth focused on Warren. Elizabeth Warren, the fastest-rising candidate in the polls, faced most of the questions from 11 other hopefuls.

Both Mr Sanders, a Vermont senator, and Ms Warren, a MA senator, favour an NHS-style system of free healthcare for Americans. As you'll see, Warren's answer is to filibuster with another town hall story rather than answer the direct question.

Warren replied, over and over again: "My commitment is I will not sign a bill into law that raises costs on middle class families".

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"We heard it tonight, a yes or no question that didn't get a yes or no answer", said Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., before touting his own more limited plan, "Medicare for all who want it". Your signature, Senator, is to have a plan for everything. Sanders has acknowledged that his version of the plan would require tax increases, although he says they would be more than offset for middle-class families by eliminating insurance premiums, deductibles and co-payments.

Then Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator who has been stubbornly stuck near the bottom of the polls, piled on.

Obama has repeatedly dismissed that notion, nor has she hinted at any political runs in the near future. So far, her biggest problem has been getting her message out to voters, and by getting the lion's share of the attention, she got a chance to do just that.

The debate touched on foreign policy, too, a subject that has dominated the news in recent weeks as Trump said he was withdrawing most USA forces from Syria and then Turkey invaded the northern part of the country to attack Kurdish fighters.

Soon, O'Rourke suggested that Warren, who has made the idea of taking on hard fights central to her political brand, could be too divisive to win a general election. NY businessman Andrew Yang said her signature wealth tax has failed across Europe. But the attack was itself vague, and culminated with Biden and Warren sparring over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Warren created despite some reluctance from the Obama administration. California Senator Kamala Harris called the bloodshed in northern Syria "a crisis of Donald Trump's making", while Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said, "Our president blew it and he's too proud to say it". Warren tried to steer the spotlight instead toward Democrats - like Harris - who court wealthy donors to fund their campaigns, a practice Warren has sworn off. I assume Warren will bring her front-runner game by then-or else she won't be the front-runner anymore.

"You got the disastrous war in Iraq done".

At other times during the evening, Buttigieg engaged with his competitors for the Democratic nomination with a ferocity that showed the passion of his beliefs and desire to build a consensus to get things done.

"Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones".

But what Warren proved, on Tuesday night, is that she knows the presidency is, above all things, a sales job - and that in order to sell your programs, you need the right combination of good one-liners, possibly-oversimplified statements, and firm declarations of what you believe in.

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