THOMAS BEAUMONT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some key takeaways from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses:
CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION
After the United States' killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for fights over foreign policy. Instead, a whole lot of substance broke out.
There was a brief skirmish between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who opposed the Iraq War, and former vice president Joe Biden, who apologized for supporting for it. But most of the opening 30-minute discussion — one-quarter of the time set for the debate — focused on the future.
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California businessman Tom Steyer