Democratic Debate: Rising Buttigieg Could Face Attacks

Nov 20, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas.
Credit John Locher/AP Photo

ATLANTA (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg tops Iowa presidential caucus polls, and now he’ll face the scrutiny that comes with his climb as Democrats gather in Atlanta for their fifth 2020 primary debate.

Buttigieg’s campaign and several rival campaigns say they expect the mayor to be the primary target of Wednesday’s debate. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have spent previous debates on defense.

Several other candidates face pressure to use the debate for a breakout moment with less than three months until the caucuses. But they’ll be contending with House impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in Washington.

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is set to testify hours ahead of the debate.