"But that's just part of what we've seen".
The last of these launched among the evening's most impassioned responses from Tulsi Gabbard, plainly an undercard candidate (and one who has not yet qualified for the next debate), seemed fractious and anxious; she, along with, separately, Amy Klobuchar, picked a fight with now high-flying candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Early on, the candidates didn't go after him, but eventually Buttigieg had to answer questions about his record on race relations in South Bend and his depth of experience.
A new poll shows support for Senator Elizabeth Warren has dropped over the last month. Biden meant first, not only, but it was awkward, considering a black female senator was on that stage running against him for the nomination, Kamala Harris, who interrupted to say, "The other one is here".
Former Vice President Joe Biden said many people are happy with private insurance through their jobs, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, complained about others taking "the divisive step" of ordering people onto universal health care, "whether they like it or not".
Sanders' Medicare for All plan has been in the spotlight since the beginning of this election cycle, joined by Warren in pushing for the proposal even as moderate Democrats in the race have moved away from it.
As Wednesday's debate came to a close, Booker made a plea to voters.
"I think there's often a responsibility that falls on to women to actually figure out how to get things done", Porter said after the debate.
"I'm leaving the fifth Democratic debate now", the email begins. "Secondly, I found out Vladimir Putin doesn't want me to be president". Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) if she would try to convince Republican Senators to convict and remove Trump from office.
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Warren reiterated her longstanding position that she wants to "bring as many people in and get as much help to the American people as fast as we can". "And I care about this, because while I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country", he continued.
It was a stirring moment in a debate that largely lacked them.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has carved out a distinctive role during the Democratic debates - reliable gadfly.
Instead, Klobuchar held her fire until after the debate's conclusion, when she told CNN that she was "more qualified" that Buttigieg, stronger criticism than she leveled at any point during primetime.
Buttigieg has struggled to gain support from black Democrats, who will be crucial for the presidential nominee to win the general election.
"I said the first", Biden later corrected, properly describing Braun's distinction.
Warren, who is campaigning on the platform of getting money out of politics, also said that no donor would be appointed ambassador under her presidency. She later tangled with Buttigieg, contending he had supported sending USA troops to Mexico, a charge that reduced him to disbelieving chuckles. "It's very hard for these people who are at 3-4%".
The Trump campaign was quick to embrace the fight, tweeting out Gabbard's slamming of her party.
"First of all, I'd say I'm sorry I beat your guy", Yang said with a grin, drawing howls of laughter from the audience.