Analysis And Fact Checks From The 4th Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Steyer, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, from left, businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio.

Twelve Democrats seeking the White House sparred Tuesday night in a wide-ranging debate held in Ohio. Otterbein University was host to the largest number of qualifying candidates to share the same stage.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren were front and center. Sen. Bernie Sanders, another of the front runners, was back just two weeks after suffering a heart attack and suspending his campaigning.

Tuesday night could be the last 2020 presidential debate for some candidates. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have not yet met fundraising and polling thresholds to participate in the November debate.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker were on stage as was billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

The live blog below recaps the evening and provides analysis and fact checks from NPR reporters and the politics team.