(NBC News) — Ten of the top Democrats running for president gathered in Georgia for the fifth debate of the campaign season.
It remains a crowded field and it’s still growing. At Wednesday’s debate, the following candidates were in attendance.
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- California Senator Kamala Harris
- Entrepreneur Tom Steyer
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard
The impeachment hearings served as the backdrop for the fifth Democratic debate. Ten of the top candidates squared off in Atlanta and clashed over the president and a wide range of other issues.
But impeachment immediately took center stage at the debate.
“We have to establish the principle no one is above the law. We have a constitutional responsibility, and we need to meet it,” said Sen. Warren.
“I learned something about these impeachment trials. I learned number 1, Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee,” said Biden.
But Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Democrats’ messaging must include more than attacks on the president.
“We cannot simply be consumed by Donald Trump. Because if we are you know what? We’re going to lose the election,” said Sen. Sanders.
Sanders is standing alongside frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, who is rising in recent polls.
The former vice president delivered what sounded like a dig at the South Bend mayor’s experience.
“To be commander in chief there’s no time for on the job training,” said Biden.
Buttigieg replying, “There’s more than 100 years of Washington experience right now, and look where it’s gotten us.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who previously suggested benefitting from a gender bias, defended her position.
“Women are held to a higher standard,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “Otherwise we could play a game called name your favorite woman president, which we can’t do because it has all been men. If you think a woman can’t beat Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi does it every single day.”
The ten candidates drawing distinctions on police like health care. But mostly going after the president more than each other.
“He has conducted foreign policy since day one borne out of a very fragile ego,” said Sen. Harris.
“He’s relying on 17th-century security technologies like a moat full of alligators or a big wall,” said Mayor Buttigieg.