Democratic White House hopefuls rounded on leftist Bernie Sanders in a debate ahead of a crucial primary, attacking him as too extreme for American voters and a weak challenger to Donald Trump.
The pro-Israel lobby group meeting is a regular stop on the campaign trail, but this year frontrunner candidate Sanders is skipping out.
The Harvard graduate is the first Pakistani and Muslim American to head up a major presidential campaign.
Bernie Sanders' rivals sought in rallies to blunt his momentum ahead of 15 nominating contests in the next 10 days after his victory in Nevada.
While Bernie Sanders scored a strong victory, a cluster of candidates was fighting for a distant second place — and any momentum that may come with it heading into next-up South Carolina and then Super Tuesday on March 3.
Voting is under way across Nevada as the most diverse state so far has its say in the Democrats' nomination fight, with leftist firebrand Bernie Sanders leading the race.
The battle to see who challenges Republican President Donald Trump in November has entered an urgent phase, with eight candidates including late entrant Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, scrambling for advantage.
Bloomberg seemed nervous and hesitant in a rough debut before a national audience in a debate that gave voters their first unscripted look at the media mogul and self-funding former New York mayor
Democratic frontrunner says the country is run by murderous thugs during a televised debate between 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Bloomberg has risen sharply in recent opinion polls in the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in the Nov. 3 election after pouring hundreds of millions of his own dollars into advertising in states that vote in March or later.
While Sanders and Buttigieg finished first and second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary respectively, the contest also showed the growing appeal of US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
That Democratic Party candidates have failed to mention Syria or Bashar al Assad when talking foreign policy is a worrying sign that the US will continue its failed Syria policy.
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