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Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. | Source: AP Photo / Patrick Semansky
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. | Source: AP Photo / Patrick Semansky(KALB)
Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 9:57 PM CST
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Six Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, in a final showdown before primary voting begins.

There was a lot of pre-debate chatter about a coming fight between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over Warren's assertion that Sanders told her in 2018 that a woman couldn't be elected president.

Warren made an energetic case for a female nominee that raised gender as a core issue in the Democrats' sprint to the Iowa caucuses.

Sanders firmly denied Warren's accusation and said it was “incomprehensible” to believe he would suggest a woman couldn't become the president.

The candidates also sparred over Iraq, war and foreign policy.

You can view highlights from the CNN debate in the video view above.

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