Listen: What to Watch in the Final Debate Before the Iowa Caucus
"Is the first Democratic presidential debate of the New Year and the last before next month's Iowa Caucus voters begin the process of picking a Democratic nominee dominy to take on president trump in November. Just six candidates will be on stage tonight a much smaller field than in previous debates joining me now with more on what to watch for for his Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Emily. I want to start with impeachment. We now know that the House has vote tomorrow. Wednesday on sending the articles of impeachment Richman over to the Senate and the schedule there in the Senate could cut down on campaign time during a crucial period for some of these candidates. What should we keep an eye on? Tonight tonight's going to be really interesting because we'll see some of these candidates likely bring up impeachment and what it means especially for the senator so let's not forget we've got Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage. We've also got Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado who didn't qualify for the debate. So they're still four senators running and trying to get the Democratic nomination for president and most all of them have said in prior events and reiterated again and again that they will fill their senatorial duties. You know that they would participate in any trial as a senator. You know there are juror and you know it really comes up where they'll have surrogates out on the trail and we don't know exactly how they'll plant split their time but we know that they will need to split their time. Okay let's shift gears to foreign policy. See there's a lot of talk about that here and it's likely the candidates will be asked to weigh in on. US policy specifically toward Iran after the strike that killed military leader. Kacem Sulejmani. Imani what will you be looking out for a have to imagine. This is gonNA come up during the debate. Stage after the trump administration ordered the strike that really unprompted rebukes not only from Democrats in Congress but especially on the campaign trail and a number of the Democratic contenders for president. Really said that they they thought that president trump had brought the US to the brink of war. We've got Senator Bernie Sanders who used the Iran. Tensions to highlight former vice president. Joe Biden's ends two thousand to vote. That was when he was a senator and he voted for the Iraq war and then Mr Sanders. At that time he was a member of the House voted against it and Mr Sure Sanders allies have argued that Joe Biden did not choke a judgment about engagement overseas whereas Joe Biden's allies on the other hand said the Bush administration misled Congress in the public ahead of the war and let's not forget former vice president. Joe Biden has repeatedly on the campaign trail stressed his experience in terms of foreign policy and how he was really a point person during the Obama administration on that end. And let's not forget http Buddha judge. He's the former South Bend Indiana mayor and he is going to be the only military veteran on the stage. And it's something that he is likely to bring up experience if any foreign policy discussion emerges Peter Judges thirty seven years old and he's really called for a new generation of leadership in the US. Let's turn to the candidates themselves this week. We saw a bit of a skirmish between Senator Sanders and Warren. Who said that her colleague had told her in two thousand eighteen? That at a woman couldn't win the presidency. Sanders says that was not true. How might this impact the dynamics on the debate stage tonight you know? The friendship between Senators Warren and Sanders is being tested. They've got people from all different sides saying what their version of. That story is from that that dinner. That has come up on a a lot of it. You know non animus sources and even earlier today we saw Bernie Sanders campaign manager had basically tweeted. Let's not forget what we're fighting for here so so but there's definitely a lot of tension between these two candidates who are both viewed as pretty far to the left and have a lot of overlap in supporter. So it's going GonNa be really interesting to see if they are engaging with each other if the tension is still there on the debate stage or if they're just going to try to brush it off and and focus on what. The campaigns have sat are their top priority. which is defeating president trump? A follow up on Sanders. He's doing pretty well in the polls lately and has so far avoided needed a lot of criticism on the debate stage. Seems like from what you're saying. That might change tonight. Indeed so for a while it was seemed like Bernie Sanders was really not going to critique anyone align and the few times that he did. It's come up a little bit. It was almost like I can believe it. You Know Sanders is going to go after someone whereas other candidates would be have a little that sharper elbows but we think that it's possible. A lot of candidates might pile on to Bernie Sanders because he read a lot of the headlines. Recently while a lot of them say Bernice Une- is back. That's based on a couple things. He's got some good polling results. Recently he was leading the field in a really closely watched Iowa poll that it just came out on Friday. And let's not forget Bernie Sanders had a massive fund raising haul. He brought in thirty four point. Five million dollars. which is the most of any Democratic presidential candidate so far this cycle emily one final question and that's on diversity which the candidates have been questioned about previously there? Will we six white candidates on the debate stage tonight. That's after New Jersey. Senator Corey Booker dropped. His Bid and entrepreneur. Andrew Yang failed to qualify. How do you think the candidates candidates will be addressing that tonight? It'll be really interesting to see how or if it comes up. The Democratic Party has to appeal to a massive base of black voters Latino voters and the growing Asian American Pacific islander population so even if the candidates on the debate stage are not diverse the Democratic Democrat Party. Very much as it's going to be really interesting to see if they bring it up on their own or if they're asked about it did come up in the Los Angeles US Democratic debate which was the last one just a couple of weeks ago and Andrew Yang who is the only diverse candidate on the stage then was asked about it and he said he was both honored privilege but also couldn't believe that he was the only diverse candidate on this stage so we still have former Massachusetts governor. Deval Patrick running in last minute bid. That really hasn't been able to gain a lot of traction and like you said entrepreneurial. Andrew Young didn't qualify for this debate and Cory Booker New Jersey senator. The judge dropped out earlier. This Week and California senator. Kamala Harris dropped out before the Los Angeles debate. So there's been a lot of changes recently and you you know. We'll just kinda see what happens. In terms of the candidates not necessarily representing the Democratic Party voter base. Tonight plenty to watch for this evening. Wall Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Glazer. Thank you so much for joining us. Thanks for having me the debate airs on CNN nine PM Eastern."