Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 3:38 AM ET, Fri December 20, 2019
(CNN)Almost 24 hours to the moment when President Donald Trump was impeached by the House, the seven top Democratic candidates running to replace him debated one another in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
I watched the debate, tweeted and jotted down a bunch of notes. My thoughts on the best and worst from the night that was are below.
Amy Klobuchar: The Minnesota senator benefited the most from the smaller number of candidates on stage. She got to talk a LOT more than in past debates and used that time very, very well. She started strong — outshining her competitors with her answer on how to convince the public that the impeachment was the right move. Time and time again in answer after answer, Klobuchar drove home her basic message: I’m from the Midwest. I’m a woman. I get things done. And, she effectively took it to South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg over his dismissiveness of service in the Senate. An excellent debate performance when Klobuchar really needed one.