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Ten Democrats will take the stage Wednesday night for the fifth presidential debate, which will take place in Atlanta. It will host MSNBC and The Washington Post.
The debate comes less than 100 days from the first contest of the Democratic primary season, the Iowa caucus.
Look at CBSNews.com and CBSN for updates and analysis throughout the day and all night before this crucial debate.
Warren states that her wealth tax is not "about punishing anyone"
9: 13.00: Warren pushed back against criticism that her proposal for taxing the rich is punitive and says it is about justice.
"Making a wealth tax is not about punishing anyone," Warren said. She referred to a speech she gave in her 2012 Senate campaign in which she claimed that wealthy people had built their wealth based on the work of others, as teachers and public servants.
"Pitch for two cents so everyone else gets the chance to do it," Warren urged millionaires and billionaires who would pay the tax.
"Two centers' wealth wealth and we can invest in a whole generation's future," Warren added.
Booker responded by saying that he believes in investing in public services, but that he did not agree with Varson's proposal for a wealth tax.
"The tax in the way we put it right now, I'm sorry, it's awkward," Booker said of the wealth tax. He added that it would also be difficult to evaluate. He also suggested that the same income could be derived from income tax rather than wealth tax. "We as Democrats need to start talking about not just how we tax from this stage," he said.
– Grace Segers
Biden asked how he would work with Republicans who want him and his family investigated
21:09: NBC's Andrea Mitchell asked Biden how he could work with Republicans demanding investigations from both him and his son, Hunter Biden.
The former vice president said he can win states that others cannot, and drives his electoral argument.
"I think we have to ask ourselves honest question, who is most likely to do what needs to be done," Biden said.
Biden did not directly address Republican concerns about his son's work on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma while he was vice president.
The investigation into weapons continues, Republicans continue to question Biden's actions, even when officials in the revocation investigation have said they have no evidence of anything illegal about Hunter Biden's time on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.
– Kathryn Watso n
Candidates talk about first open impeachment hearings
9:02 pm: After three witnesses testified in open hearings on Wednesday, the night's first question was about impeachment . Warren took the opportunity to throw the key witness today, US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, and noted that he had been named ambassador after donating $ 1 million to President Trump's inauguration.
"How did Ambassador Sondland get there?" Warren asked with reference to his donation, adding that Sondland's nomination "tells us what is happening in Washington: the corruption." It's about "how money buys into Washington," she said, and she warned major donors not to ask to be ambassadors in her administration.
Sanders noted the importance of the impeachment investigation, but said it should not be
"Unfortunately, we have a president who is not only a pathological liar, he is probably the most corrupt president in modern history," said Sanders, Although he claimed that focusing solely on impeachment would be a mistake. "The US Congress can go and chew bubble gum at the same time," Sanders added.
Buttigieg made a similar remark, saying that candidates would focus on what happens after Trump is defeated, as well as "absolutely" confronting the president "for his failure."
– Grace Segers
Which candidates qualified for the debate?
There will be two fewer candidates on the scene than in October because former housing secretary Julián Castro failed to qualify this time and former Texas Congressman Beto O & R 39 ended his bid for the White House.
Here are the 10 candidates who have qualified to appear:
- Joe Biden, former vice president
- Cory Booker, senator in New Jersey
- Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana
- Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Representative
- Kamala Harris, California Senator
- Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator
- Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator
- Tom Steyer, Businessman  Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senator
- Andrew Yang, Entrepreneur
The Democratic National Committee raised the ballot and donor criteria that candidates must meet to qualify for the November debate. Candidates can either reach 3% in four national or early states, DNC-approved opinion polls, or reach 5% in two early state surveys. They also had to show that they have 165,000 unique donors, including at least 600 each in at least 20 states, US territories, or the District of Columbia.
How to see the 5th Democratic debate
Warren will still have a goal on her back
Although she has been voting since the last Democratic debate, Elizabeth Warren will still have a goal on her back Wednesday tonight, especially regarding her plan to implement "Medicare for all."
Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign blasted Warren's $ 20.5 trillion plan to pay for the program as "mathematical gymnastics" at the beginning of the month. To the left of the issue, Senator Bernie Sanders made a characteristically indirect attack on her three-year transition plan to Medicare for All, with a tweet quoting a Leadership Association leader's claim that any bottling of his plan is a mistake.
Asked by CBS News last week to separate her transition plan from the more moderate "Medicare for all who want it" plan from Buttigieg, Warren said her plan "is about giving people Medicare for everything that will be full "A spokesman for Buttigieg shot back, saying that" unlike Senator Warren, he would not kick tens of millions of American families from his private health care plans. "
Senator Amy Klobuchar also clashed with Warren on the issue from the scene in October, arguing that Medicare is impossible for everyone without raising the middle-class tax, an alleged Word campaign dispute.
– Zak Hudak
Four candidates urge Comcast to investigate NBC / MSNBC
Two days before the fifth Democratic primary debate, hosted by MSNBC, four Democratic presidential hopefuls called on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to demand Comcast, MSNBC's parent company undertakes to conduct an independent investigation into the company's "toxic culture" that allowed sexual harassment and abuse of staff.
Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to DNC chairman Tom Perez on Tuesday, extending the pressure on the party to express its support for victims of sexual misconduct.
"We, the undersigned candidates, are very concerned about the message it would send to survivors of sexual abuse if our next debate is sponsored by MSNBC without clear commitments from Comcast, the parent company of NBC and MSNBC, to conduct an independent investigation into it toxic culture that enabled abuse and silenced survivors, "wrote the hopeful 2020.
Despite the letter, Booker, Harris, Sanders and Warren will all take the stage Wednesday night.
] – Melissa Quinn
All eyes will be on Buttigieg
This is the first debate where 37-year-old Buttigieg is prepared to be the focus, considering his new top standing in Iowa and a general force in the early states. He will be with the other front-runners – former Vice President Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Don't be surprised if they call out Buttigig's low position among black and Latin voters – two constituencies needed to win the nomination.
And while opinion polls show that Democratic voters are careful to follow the interrogation procedures, they want their candidates to focus on issues. And on Wednesday night, they will come, especially the health care – and how to pay for it – plus the economy and climate change.
The Democrats are holding the debate here in Georgia because it is a state they want to win. But it has not been a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992.
– Ed O & # 39; Keefe
First debate since public impeachment hearings began
Wednesday night marks the first Democratic debate since the House Democrats The Violence Survey began its public phase last week. The extent to which the Democrats will focus on the inquiry remains to be seen.
On Wednesday, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified that he was not part of "any irregular or frivolous diplomacy," referring to emails that show leadership at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council and the White House had been informed of the announcement of Ukraine's investigations that Trump sought after the 2016 election, the Democratic National Committee's server and energy company Burisma, who hired Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden
If the House were to hire President Trump, half a dozen of the candidates running for President is on the sidelines from the campaign trail during much of January during the crucial closing weeks before the earliest voting contests. The latter trial calls for the presence of all incumbent senators, meaning Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet would be in Washington after the first year if a Senate trial would take place in the new year .
Biden Campaign Describes Debate Points
Debate Supervisors Can Anticipate Three Main Tactics from Joe Biden's Campaign Wednesday Night:
- Make an Argument About Who Has Experience and Steady Leadership Needed to Be Commander-in-Chief;
- promoting "progressive gains" in the Obama era;
- and continue to contrast Biden's healthcare approach to that of other rival Democrats.
Senior Biden campaign officials discussed the upcoming debate with reporters about a background call today.
About health care, Biden officials say it is clear with recent Democratic victories in Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana that building the Affordable Care Act is a way for Democrats to win.
Senior campaign officials often mentioned Warren at this point, noting that her plan would come out of middle-class controls.
When it comes to opinion polls that show Biden stayed behind Buttigieg, Iowa, a senior campaign official said, "We're in a very good position."
– Bo Erickson and Kathryn Watson
Trump and the debate
There is no word on whether the president will watch tonight's democratic debate, but his campaign will make his presence known in Atlanta in advance with a runway reading, "Democrats Socialism Will Destroy Atlanta Jobs" and a full-page newspaper ad in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.