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KIRO Radio, KTTH hosts react as Dem debate sees Warren fend off attacks

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in Tuesday night's debate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate Tuesday over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment.

With Massachusetts Senator and recently-crowned frontrunner Elizabeth Warren under attack for much of the debate, it was clear that other candidates did their best to stand out.

With many viewing Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders as similar politically, others saw fit to attack their ideas and knock out two candidates with one stone.

The debate felt much like a battle between progressive ideals and more centrist politics, with Sanders and Warren both pushing the former, while former Vice President Joe Biden continued to campaign on the latter.

Those three frontrunners continued to distance themselves from the rest of the field, but impressive performances were still seen from a handful of other candidates.

That included small-town mayor, Pete Buttigieg, whose oratory skills were on display.

“I don’t know whether he’s right or not, but Buttigieg still can talk rings around everybody else,” said Seattle’s Morning News host Dave Ross.

That acted in stark contrast to questions about the respective ages of the frontrunners, all three of whom are over 70 years old.

“A big thing thing to watch tonight is Bernie Sanders. It’s difficult having a heart attack and running for president when you’re already seen as too old,” KTTH’s Jason Rantz pointed out.

The next Democratic debate will take place on Nov. 20, with Atlanta, Georgia tagged as the likely location.

Below are the full running thoughts from hosts at KIRO Radio and KTTH during Tuesday’s three-hour forum.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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