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Last night, six presidential candidates took the stage in Des Moines, Iowa for the seventh Democratic debate of the 2020 race⁠—and things got awkward. During the debate, the candidates discussed, among other things, rising tensions with Iran, climate change, and healthcare. Yet, all anyone can talk about post-debate was the exchange between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders towards the end of the night (and Tom Steyer, who became a meme in the aftermath). Below, a few of the best and worst moments from last night’s Democratic presidential debate, in case you missed all of the (uncomfortable) action.

Bernie Sanders denied having told Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not win the election

This week, all eyes are on Bernie Sanders, after Elizabeth Warren confirmed in a statement that Sanders had expressed to her that he did not believe a woman could win the presidential election. During the debate, Sanders denied having said this. Warren, however, came out fighting and doubled down on her point that a woman could win. “I think the best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people’s winning record,” she said. “So can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women…Amy and me.”

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Pete Buttigieg responded to questions about his lack of support from black voters

During much of his campaign, Pete Buttigieg has failed to draw the support of black voters. (According to a recent Washington Post/Ipsos survey, Buttigieg received just two percent of support among those Democratic black voters surveyed, the second-highest unfavorable rating among the major Democratic presidential candidates.) When asked about his standing among black voters, Buttigieg responded with: “The black voters who know me best are supporting me,” he said. “It’s why I have the most support in South Bend. It’s why, among elected black officials in my community who have gotten into this race, by far most of them are supporting me.”

Joe Biden discussed whether he’d meet with North Korea

Since taking office, President Trump has met with North Korea’s Kim Jun-un several times (and became the first sitting president to enter the country of North Korea). When asked whether he would meet with Jun-un without any preconditions, Biden said he would not and criticized Trump for his actions. “Look … we gave him everything he’s looking for, legitimacy,” he said. “The president showed up, met with him, gave him legitimacy, weakened the sanctions we have against him … I would not meet with the, quote, ‘Supreme Leader,’ who said Joe Biden is a rabid dog, he should be beaten to death with a stick.” Without missing a beat, Sanders interrupted him. “Other than that, you like him?”

Amy Klobuchar got personal about healthcare

Amy Klobuchar (while discussing healthcare): “My own dad, I know when his long-term care insurance ends, and then we have some savings for him. He’s in assisted living. He got married three times—whole other story—so there isn’t much there.”

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