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Biden, Bloomberg Promise Action on Climate: Democratic Debate Live Updates

A Democratic presidential debate is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19.

The candidates on stage are former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 77; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78; former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), 59.

Check back for updates, which are in descending order.

Biden, Bloomberg Promise Action on Climate

Biden and Bloomberg were among candidates promising action on climate change if theyre elected president.

On day one in office, Biden said, hed call the countries that are part of the Paris Climate Accords together.

“I will get them to up the ante in a big way,” he said.

Asked about large companies that are affecting the climate, Biden said hed get them to stop. He also said hed try to take action relating to past pollution and other negative effects.

“This is the industry we should be able to sue, just like the tobacco companies,” he said.

Bloomberg said he would move to close coal-fired power plants but said eliminating fracking was not realistic. He said fracking “is a technique” that needs to be done correctly.

“The world is coming apart faster than any scientific study had predicted,” Bloomberg claimed.

Buttigieg told the audience that the “deadline” to take action is 2020.

If one of several Democrats isnt elected president, Buttigieg said, it would become too late to take action. It was another jab at some of the former mayors rivals, including Sanders.

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emocratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas in Nevada on Feb. 19, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Klobuchar on Not Remembering Mexican Presidents Name

Klobuchar said the momentary lapse in memory when she couldnt recall the name of Mexicos president shouldnt overshadow her knowledge about Mexico.

Klobuchar was unable to name the president of the nation south of the United States when asked by a Telemundo reporter during a forum in Nevada last week. The president of Mexico is Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He was elected last year.

“I dont think that that momentary forgetfulness actually reflects what I know about Mexico and how much I know about it,” Klobuchar told the debate audience.

“I made an error. I think hiving a president that maybe is humble and is able to admit that wouldnt be a bad thing.”

Klobuchar said at a CNN town hall on Tuesday that she spent a long day in Washington before traveling to the forum.

Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer was also unable to name Mexicos president. He didnt qualify for Wednesdays debate. Neither did Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Biden used the opportunity to highlight his experience in government, saying: “Im the only one who has spent hundreds of hours in Latin America. I met with the [Mexican] president and the one before that.”

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Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, looks on as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 19, 2020. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Sanders Defends Decision Not to Release Medical Records

Sanders defended an announcement he made Tuesday night in which he reversed course and said he wouldnt release his full medical records. Sanders suffered a heart attack last year.

Sanders argued that his campaign did release the records, referring to three letters it released from doctors, which included information about the senators health history.

He then pointed to Bloomberg, saying: “You have two stents as well.”

Sanders went on to quote from one of the letters, in which a doctor said that the 78-year-old is in good enough health to be the commander-in-chief.

When asked to respond, Buttigieg said that Sanders hadnt released enough information.

“Transparency matters, especially living through the Trump era,” he said. But, he added that he was more concerned about Sanders not being transparent about how hed pay for Medicare for All.

Sanders rebutted by attacking Buttigiegs plan “as a maintenance of the status quo.”

“If my plan was the status quo, why was it attacked by the insurance industry when it came out?” Buttigieg responded back.

Bloomberg, when asked about the wait for the release of his tax records, said it “just takes a long time.”

“The number of pages will probably be in the thousands of pages. I cant go to TurboTax,” he said. “Theyll be out in a few weeks.”

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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19, 2020. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Bloomberg Embarrassed About Stop and Frisk

loomberg says the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy represents the singular thing hes “really worried about and embarrassed about” from his time as New York City mayor.

Bloomberg said during Wednesday nights Democratic debate in Las Vegas that he has repeatedly apologized for the policy, which gave police wide authority to detain people they suspected of committing a crime.

Bloomberg aggressively pursued the tactic when he first took over as mayor in 2002. A federal judge found in 2013 that stop and frisk intentionally and systematically violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men.

Bloomberg blasted the ruling at the time, calling it a “dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the U.S. Constitution.”

Biden argued that the policy stopped only after the Obama administration “sent in monitors” to observe the process.

Candidates Attack Sanders, Bloomberg

Following Warrens attacks on Bloomberg, Biden also went on the offensive against the billionaire.

Biden claimed that Bloomberg “didnt get a whole lot done” while mayor of New York City, saying the stop-and-frisk policies that Bloomberg escalated in the city included putting thousands of young black men “up against a wall.”

Buttigieg later attacked Sanders, saying that the Democratic nominee “should actually be a Democrat.” Sanders is an Independent and self-described socialist.

Buttigieg pointed to the Culinary Workers Union, a local union that announced its opposition to Sanders over his Medicare for All healthcare plan. “Youre at war” with the union, he told Sanders.

Sanders responded by saying he has more union support than other candidates. He later said it was “unthinkable” that any of his supporters have been attacking union workers.

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