Madison Gray from BET reports live on the entire action in the debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Follow the live coverage from 8 p.m. ET on all CBS stations and BET.
The end … for now
Charleston, SC 19:06 PT / 22:06 PM
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Who are you really?
Charleston, SC 19:04 PT / 22:04 PM
The debate begins to end as each of the candidates offers what they consider to be the greatest misunderstandings about them and their personal motto.
The crowd cheers when Joe Biden says he plans to put a black woman before the Supreme Court in his nomination. Laughter arises when he says his biggest misunderstanding is that he thinks he has more hair than he actually has.
Sanders also cheers by quoting Nelson Mandela's ideology of bringing all people together for the common good.
Warren cites scripture as her motto, while Buttigieg uses a less denominational interpretation to treat people the way you want to be treated.
How to deal with Kim Jong-Un
Charleston, SC 6:50 PT / 9:50 PM
Should the United States now meet with Kim Jong Un from North Korea? Klobuchar says yes, but under conditions, while Biden says no, not without the idea that he would do anything at all.
In the case of Syria, both Warren and Buttigieg say that sending troops there to deal with the humanitarian crisis is not the solution.
"The solution is not to use our military, but to use our other tools here," said Warren.
Democrat or socialist or both
Charleston, SC 6:41 PT / 9:41 PM:
Now Sanders, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist", faces the inevitable question of whether he would ignore authoritarian regimes or not. But his answer is not entirely clear because he did not specify a specific nation.
In the meantime, Elizabeth Warren hasn't spoken for 10 minutes. Why this? But there is so much she can react to. Is she waiting to bring out the big guns? In the meantime, Sanders is demanding the greatest turnout and the involvement of young people.
The Russian question comes up. Biden wants to impose sanctions on Russia for its interference. But Steyer says the real problem is that Donald Trump is said to be on Vladimir Putin's side and that is reason enough to accuse him.
And yet we all know how it turned out the first time.
When corona virus comes home
Charleston, SC 6.30pm / 9.30pm:
Regarding coronavirus, Joe Biden says he has helped prevent the spread of the Ebola pandemic in the United States. However, what he would do immediately would be to restore funding to disease control and prevention centers.
Klobuchar says people should go to the Centers for DIsease Control website, and then explains why she would be better equipped to coordinate when the pandemic hits the US.
Sanders ridicules Trump as the "great genius" who believes the corona virus will go away in April. It probably won't.
Responsible foreign policy
Charleston, SC 6.30pm / 9.30pm:
Elizabeth Warren notes that the military should not be used to "solve problems that cannot be solved militarily".
A strong foreign ministry, a strong economy and strong alliances. Helps protect US security.
But Bloomberg says we shouldn't necessarily bring all US troops home, that after September 11th it was absolutely necessary to deploy troops.
Buttigieg, the only veteran in the mix, says Trump "tore apart the credibility of the United States." In disagreement with Bloomberg, he says that when terrorists gather, no troops are needed. But advanced intelligence is required.
A healthier America
Charleston, SC 6:15 PT / 9:15 PM:
Bloomberg gets a question about banning trans fats from restaurants when he was mayor of New York City and tried to ban large sugary drinks. He stops saying that he would do it nationwide, but gives examples of why he believes it would work.
"Before I left, life expectancy increased by three years … it was three years higher than the national average."
The conversation is about marijuana, where most of the candidates talk about their intent to legalize it. Bloomberg, however, advocates that legalization of marijuana be slow because "until we know the science" it is not a principle to drive it forward.
For Sanders, it's about breaking records and starting black and brown people with marijuana shops.
The conversation ends before the break when Biden yells that he is responsible for writing the drug court's bill. However, it has been well documented that he believes marijuana is an entry-level drug and is unwilling to legalize it when he becomes president.
Charleston, SC 6.07pm / 9.07pm:
Whittaker asks Biden how he can convince black voters that he can change years of inequalities. The clearest answer among several is the search for people who support and maintain gentrification.
But Steyer says he's the only candidate who supports reparations for slavery. In fact, he is the first candidate to repeat the debate and deal with repaying African Americans for their enslaved past.
What is your education plan?
Charleston, SC 6:00 PM / 9:00 PM:
CBS News' Bill Whittaker asks Bloomberg about expanding charter schools in New York. He defends its use to fill educational gaps. But he also says that it may not be appropriate everywhere.
According to Warren, the education solution begins with an education minister who has taught in public schools and believes in investing in public education.
Sanders promises to ensure that teachers earn at least $ 60,000 a year.
Is weapon security possible?
Charleston, SC 5:50 p.m. / 8:50 p.m .:
Joe Biden says that he has beaten the NRA twice and that he has passed the Brady Bill and others have given "absolute immunity" to the weapon manufacturers. Promises to take over the NRA and arms manufacturers.
Warren goes deep into her dialogue about turning back the filibuster who left important laws to combat gun violence in the balance.
But Sanders advertises with the NRA for his bad record, which he is proud of in the past.
Amy Klobuchar weighs in on the conversation and says, "I have receipts," to say that she is able to carry the ticket, and someone like her will win. "
Buttigieg puts forward his background as a veteran who understands the use and necessity of Weaopns, but not the semi-automatic or assault weapons commonly used in mass shootings.
There seems to be a gap between what people want in terms of gun security and what the legislature is willing to do. All candidates seem to be saying the same thing about the need for new arms legislation. But everyone also says that he is the person who can pass the necessary laws.
Charleston, SC 5:41 PT / 8:41 PM:
Senator Amy Klobuchar says she likes Sanders, but he's not the person leading the Democratic Party.
"There are many broken promises, especially in the African American community."
Bernie Sanders says that all of Bloomberg's followers are billionaires and that his move, a grassroots move, a multiracial move, will defeat Trump. Warren comes behind and proposes a wealth tax, uses $ 50 billion in HBCUs, and clears student loan debt.
A war against women
Charleston, SC 5.30pm / 8.30pm:
Bloomberg and Warren appear to be in the verbal war over discrimination against women. The exchange took about five minutes, but Norah O & # 39; Donnell finally joins the referee and sends him back to Sanders, who puts forward his Medicare for All plan.
Is this a debate or math class?
The contestants are now arguing about what exactly would cost Sanders' health plan. Klobuchar already said this would cost three times the US economy. But billionaire Tom Steyer says it depends either on a democratic socialist or someone with a long history as a Republican.
"If we go to one of these extremes, we're taking a terrible risk of re-electing Donald Trump."
A risky candidate
Charleston, SC 5:21 PM PT / 8:21 PM:
Senator Elizabeth Warren is targeting Bloomberg because he has helped fund South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham.
"I don't care how much money Mayor Bloomberg has, the core of the Democratic Party will never trust him."
Bloomberg's answer: "I've been training for this job since I stepped on the heap that smoldered after September 11th."
Let's talk about racism. Should we?
Charleston, SC 5:18 PM PT / 8:18 PM:
Bloomberg admits that he has let the NYPD "Stop and Frisk" program get out of control and notes his repeated apology.
"If you speak to the people in New York City" I have over 100 black officers who have supported me.
Buttigieg notes that seven whites talk about racial justice on stage, and notices that none of them have had the experience of black male victims of race profiles or black women left behind by the health care system.
Vote while black
Charleston, SC 5:13 PM PT / 8:13 PM:
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the first to refer to the Mother Emanuel Baptist Church, which is opposite the Gaillard Center where the debate is taking place. But Sanders comes into play with his plan to free up tuition and create a Medicare for All system for single payers. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg accuses Sanders of telling falsehoods that his campaign is being funded by billionaires.
"If you're watching and you're a billionaire, I'll raise your taxes."
Biden replies to co-moderator Gayle King's question about slipping numbers among black voters. But he says he is still 15 points ahead.
"I worked like the devil to get the voice of the African American community," said Biden, who explains that he will win South Carolina.
Pete Buttigieg says Russia doesn't favor a political party and just wants "chaos".
"If you think the past four years have been messy, divisive, toxic, and tiring, imagine you're spending most of 2020 with Bernie Sanders against Donald Trump." #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/5yjyvtECfT
– CBS News (@CBSNews) February 26, 2020
Bernie Sanders Vs. Michael Bloomberg
Charleston, SC 5:04 PM PT / 8:04 PM:
The 2020 CBS news debate opens with Senator Bernie Sanders, who is pursuing the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, and his billionaire status. Bloomberg counters by targeting Sander's alleged interference by Russia in the campaign. Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg avoids attacks saying Russia wants to harm the economy.
We wonder who zooms whom.
With seven Democratic candidates now qualifying for Tuesday's February 25 debate, this is the final curtain for Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the former Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar and billionaire Tom Steyer in front of the highly critical elementary school in South Carolina on Saturday (February 29).
Gayle King, co-moderator of "CBS This Morning", will help moderate the debate with Norah O & # 39; Donnell, moderator and editor-in-chief of "CBS Evening News". Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan, Washington's chief correspondent, Major Garrett, and "60 Minutes" correspondent, Bill Whitaker, will also ask questions.
Candidates have one minute and 15 seconds to answer a direct question, followed by a 45 second counter argument.
Photo courtesy of CBS / BET Design
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