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Trump 'a symptom of a disease'- quotes from the Democratic presidential debate

WASHINGTON/MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November participated in the eighth presidential debate on Friday.

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Amy Klobuchar and billionaire activist Tom Steyer look on as audience members stand in support of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman after a request from former Vice President Biden during the eighth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Here are quotations from the contenders on stage in New Hampshire:

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

“This is a long race. I took a hit in Iowa, and I’ll probably take a hit here.”

“Bernie has labeled himself, not me, a democratic socialist. I think that’s the label that the president is going to lay on everyone running with Bernie if he is the nominee.”

Referring to Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal, Biden said: “Imagine you’re going unite the country, walking into Congress and saying, ‘I got this bill. It’s going provide healthcare for everybody. I don’t know how much it’s going cost. We’ll figure it out later.’ Who do you think is going to get that passed?”

“And Mayor (Pete) Buttigieg is a great guy and a real patriot. He’s a mayor of a small city who has done some good things but has not demonstrated he has the ability to – and we’ll soon find out – to get a broad scope of support across the spectrum, including African Americans and Latinos.”

U.S. SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS

“Everybody up here by the way is united; no matter who wins this damn thing, we’re all going to stand together. I believe the way we beat Trump is by having the largest voter turnout in the history of his country.”

Sanders rejected criticism that his agenda is too radical to win the general election, saying he could bring people together by “presenting an agenda that works for the working people of this country, not the billionaire class.”

“The way you bring people together is by ending the international disgrace of this country being the only major nation on Earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a human right.”

FORMER SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG

“Now we have a president who says the economy is fantastic because the Dow Jones is looking good. And I’m sure if you’ve got a building with your name on it close to Wall Street, then that really is the same thing as the economy to you. But the problem is we’ve had an economy grow and not be able to lift up those in most need, or even so many in the middle.”

Buttigieg explained why he thinks judgment is more important than time in Washington. “I believe that I have the judgment to help us get through these situations where, obviously, the vice president made the wrong decision when it came to such an important moment in our foreign policy,” he said, referring to Biden’s vote for the Iraq war in 2002 as a senator. “And looking forward, we’ve got to recognize just how much is going to be on the plate of the next president that is different in kind from what we have faced before.”

U.S. SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN

“Election time, year after year, election after election after election, Democrats go to people in the black community and say: Boy we really care about these issues, racism is terrible. We all want to do something. And then, somehow, the problem just seems to keep getting worse. Well I think it’s time we have real, concrete plans that are going to make a difference in people’s lives.”

When asked why she was better to lead the country than former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who did not participate in the debate, Warren said: “Look, I don’t think anyone ought to be able to buy their way into a nomination or to be president of the United States. I don’t think any billionaire ought to be able to do it, and I don’t think people who suck up to billionaires in order to fund their campaigns ought to do it.”

U.S. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR

“It is easy to go after Washington because that’s a popular thing to do. It is much harder to lead and much harder to take those difficult positions,” Klobuchar said to rival Pete Buttigieg.

“But what you said Pete as you were campaigning through Iowa as three of us were jurors in the impeachment hearing, you said it was exhausting to watch and that you wanted to turn the channel and watch cartoons.”

“We have a president that literally blames everyone in the world, and we have not talked about this enough. He blames Barack Obama for everything that goes wrong, he blames his Federal Reserve chair that he appointed himself. He blames the king of Denmark. Who does that? He blames the prime minister of Canada, for, he claims, cutting him out of the Canadian version of ‘Home Alone 2.’ Who does that? That’s what Donald Trump does.”

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BILLIONAIRE ACTIVIST TOM STEYER

“We’re going to have to take Mr. Trump down on the economy. Because if you listen to him, he’s crowing about it every single day, and he’s going to beat us unless we can take him down on the economy, stupid. And that’s the issue here, it is not about who has the best healthcare plan. All the healthcare plans are better, a million times better. The question is, who can go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump, who can take down Mr. Trump, because he’s the real threat to the country.”

ENTREPRENEUR ANDREW YANG

“Donald Trump is not the cause of all our problems, and we’re making a mistake when we act like he is. He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years and decades, and it is our job to get to the harder work of actually curing the disease.”

Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington and Michael Martina in New Hampshire; editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis

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