“I will answer that question, but I wanted to go back to the issue of climate change for a moment," Sen. Bernie Sanders said.
When Bernie Sanders was asked what message it sends to Democratic voters that Andrew Yang was the only person of color on the debate stage Thursday, the Vermont senator brought up an issue that’s received little to no airtime at previous debates.
“I will answer that question, but I wanted to go back to the issue of climate change for a moment because I do believe this is the existential issue,” he said. “People of color are going to be the people suffering most if we do not deal with climate change.
Climate change has already gotten more air time during the Democratic primary campaign than it’s gotten in any other presidential campaign. But given that it’s one of the top priorities for Democratic voters, moderators have asked relatively few questions on the topic at the televised debates.
But Thursday night, the candidates were afforded more time — about 13 minutes — to elaborate on their changing climate platforms than they’ve gotten at any other debate.
For his part, Andrew Yang elaborated on his plan to move people to higher ground as seas rise.
Warren, channelling the central message of her campaign, said no meaningful action on climate would happen unless corruption in Washington is dealt with.
Klobuchar said she’s the best candidate to tackle climate change cause she’s from the Midwest, for some reason. (“It’s not flyover country to me,” she said in response to a question about climate change. “I live there.”)