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The 5 most noteworthy moments from Tuesday s Democratic debate in Iowa

On Tuesday night, six of the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Des Moines for the last debate before the Iowa caucuses on February 3.  Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Businessman Tom Steyer all qualified for the debate. With the caucuses just three weeks away, candidates made their final pitches to Iowa caucusgoers and weighed in on the ongoing foreign policy crisis in Iran.  Here were the five most noteworthy exchanges and moments. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. On Tuesday night, six of the top Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Des Moines for the last debate before the Iowa caucuses on February 3.  Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Businessman Tom Steyer all qualified for the debate, making it the smallest debate stage yet and the first without any candidates of color.  CNN and the Des Moines Register co-hosted the debate, which was held at Drake University and moderated by CNN Situation Room anchor Wolf Blitzer, CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip, and Des Moines Register chief political correspondent Brianne Pfannenstiel.  With the caucuses just three weeks away, candidates make their final pitches to Iowa caucusgoers and weighed in on the ongoing foreign policy crisis in Iran.  While the debate was relatively time and conflict-free, here are the five most noteworthy exchanges and moments: Foreign policy loomed large two weeks after the US escalated tensions with Iran. All the Democratic candidates advocated for a stop to endless wars, and said the US should reduce its military presence in the Middle East. While most candidates were on the same page that the US should try to de-escalate tensions with Iran, Sanders and Biden sparred over their respective records on voting for wars. Tweet Embed:
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders spar over Biden s vote in 2002 to authorize the Iraq War.

Biden calls his vote a big mistake. pic.twitter.com/fltHJmfP3A

Elizabeth Warren had the line of the night shutting down the notion that a woman couldn t be elected president, a position she said Sanders expressed to her in a December 2018 meeting. Warren said: The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they ve been in are the women. Amy [Klobuchar] and me. Sanders has publicly denied telling Warren that he believed a woman couldn t be elected president. Tweet Embed:
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Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they ve been in are the women. -Sen. Elizabeth Warren. https://t.co/hLxrH1JTHW #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Z7xgJoFHVR

Offstage, Michael Bloomberg s social media team stole the show by posting funny, off-the-rails tweets that are uncharacteristic of Bloomberg s usually serious style. Bloomberg, who is entirely self-funding his campaign, was not on the debate stage on Tuesday but he let his social media run loose. Tweet Embed:
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WHICH @pitbull SONG SHOULD PRESIDENT BLOOMBERG ENTER A ROOM TO INSTEAD OF HAIL TO THE CHIEF ?Tweet Embed:
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What s your #DemDebate #DebateSnack? If you want to sample Mike s spicy guacamole, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Mike 2020 headquarters and Mike will send you a scoop!Tweet Embed:
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Mike is a fervent opponent of the bad NRA (National Rifle Association), but a proud supporter of the other NRA (National Rigatoni Alliance). #BloombergFacts #DemDebateTweet Embed:
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Mike not only reduced the number of uninsured by 40%, but also passed out free jars of Vicks VapoRub to people on the subway. #BloombergFacts #DemDebate

Amy Klobuchar had a slightly awkward moment when, for several seconds, she forgot the name of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly — but quickly got past it Tweet Embed:
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It sounds like @amyklobuchar just malfunctioned mid-sentence lol I m in tears #DemocraticDebate pic.twitter.com/bzcluucLpu

At the end of the debate, Buttigieg, who is polling around 0-1% among black voters, claimed that the black voters who know me best are supporting me. Tweet Embed:
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The black voters who know me best are supporting me, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg says about why he hasn t gained support among black voters. The biggest mistake we could make is to take black voters for granted and I never will. https://t.co/EWvJ859tex #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/fmgKnZQQX6




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