Democratic candidates spar over race, economy and foreign policy in latest debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden clashed with Sen. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg fended off questions of experience.
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The impeachment sdhoed took center stage at last night's democratic debate. Ten candidates facing off on a wide range of issues from health care to foreign policy and their experience. Linsey Davis is in Atlanta with the big moments. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, Michael. The debate took center stage right here behind me. But this was a different one. In the past when Joe Biden, for example, emerged as the front-runner the candidates pounced. When Elizabeth Warren emerged they pounced. They presented a more united front. The top democratic candidates coming together in Atlanta agreeing on key issues and saving their fire for the president instead of each other. We have a criminal ling in the white house. Reporter: All ten contenders united on the impeachment inquiry. This is a president that not only with regard to his conduct with Ukraine, but every step of the way puts his own private interests, his own partisan interests, his own political interests in front of our country's interests. Reporter: In the spotlight Pete buttigieg, the mayor of Indiana and youngest candidate in the race leading in a recent Iowa caucus poll facing criticism about his lack of experience. He has said the right words but I actually have the experience. Reporter: Buttigieg also fending off a similar attack from Tulsi gabbard. One of the foreign leaders you mentioned meeting was ba shark Al Assad. I have in my experience enough judgment that I would not have sat down with a murderous dictator like that. I take the example of those leaders who have come before us, leaders like JFK who met with khrushchev. Like Roosevelt who met with Stalin. Like Donald Trump who met with Kim. Reporter: Another standout, senator Amy klobuchar lamenting the standard female candidates Women are held to a higher 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. Reporter: Feeling the pressure on the debate stage yet again, former vice president Joe Biden who celebrated his 77th birthday on the debate stage tried to play up his support with African-American voters but stumbled. I come out of the black community in terms of my support. They know me. They know who I am. Three former chairs of the black caucus, the only African-American woman that had ever been elected to the united States senate, a whole range of people -- No, that's not true. That's not true. The only one is here. I said the first. I said the first African-American woman. Reporter: And another gaffe by Biden as he attempted to talk about how domestic violence is problematic and he said in order to change the culture you have to keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it all the while punching his fist in the air. The next democratic debate next month in California, so far only six of the candidates have qualified. Cecilia. Okay, linsey, thank you very much.

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