Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate

Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate


Mr. Biden hopes he made you proud tonight — almost six hours before he took the debate stage.

The Biden campaign suffered an email snafu on Wednesday afternoon, when they accidentally blasted out his pre-written, post-debate fund-raising email hours before the debate began. It came complete with telegraphing a coming line of attack on Ms. Warren.

“I hope I made you proud out there and I hope I made it clear to the world why our campaign is so important,” Mr. Biden wrote.

And the swipe at Ms. Warren, who has made having plans a campaign hallmark?

“We need more than plans,” he wrote. “We need the grit and the resolve to get things done.”

An hour later came the follow up. The subject line: “Oops.”

“You might have just gotten an email from Joe about just getting off of the debate stage. That’s our bad, team,” the campaign wrote. “We know Joe is going to make us proud tonight. We were just so excited for it that we accidentally hit send too soon.”

His campaign hopes the email is his only “oops” moment of the day.

Mr. Buttigieg on Wednesday released tax returns from his two years working as a McKinsey consultant. He was paid $80,397 in 2007 and $122,680 in 2008, according to the returns. His campaign had made his tax returns from 2009 to 2018 public earlier this year.

Mr. Buttigieg has said very little about his time at McKinsey, and the documents do not indicate the nature of his work. He said he remains bound by a confidentiality agreement with the consulting firm but that he has asked for it to be waived.

Upon releasing his additional two years of tax returns, Mr. Buttigieg called on his Democratic rivals to “be transparent with voters by disclosing their income in the private and public sectors.”

Such a reference is a preview of a possible debate line of attack against Ms. Warren, who has done legal work for an array of private-sector clients. She has released her tax returns from the years 2008 to 2018.

Astead W. Herndon, Thomas Kaplan, Katie Glueck and Alexander Burns contributed reporting.



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