All the candidates agreed on the impeachment of Trump, but businessman Andrew Yang was the only one to express reservations about it – all while criticizing the news media.
“What we have to do is we have to stop being obsessed over impeachment, which unfortunately strikes many Americans like a ballgame where you know what the score is going to be,” he said, “and start actually digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place. … The more we act like Donald Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can actually see what’s going on in our communities and solve those problems.”
Biden, whose son’s business dealings in Ukraine is central to Trump’s impeachment, didn’t mention his family ties. Biden said Trump is “dumbing down the presidency” and coddling up to dictators.
“Is it any wonder that if you look at the international polling that’s been done, that the Chinese leader is rated above the American president, or that Vladimir Putin congratulated him, saying stand fast and that in fact it was a mistake to impeach him,” Biden said. “My job is to go out and make the case why he doesn’t deserve to be president of the United States for another four years.”
Buttigieg used Trump’s impeachment as a call to rekindle hope in America, an echoing of former President Barack Obama’s first hope-and-change themed campaign.