Baier: Health care is the major issue in Democratic primary

THE HILL ON THE 29TH OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL TONIGHT, FACING OFF IN ATLANTA BRET BAIER JOINS US

HE IS FOX NEWS CHIEF POLITICAL ANCHOR AND HOST OF "SPECIAL REPORT," STAYING EXTRA LATE AFTER AN EARLY DAY SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT ALL OF THIS LET'S START WITH THE DEBATE THE VICE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LEADING UNTIL RECENTLY AND MOST OF THESE POLLS BUT HE WAS A KEY FIGURE >> THEY STARTED WITH THE IMPEACHMENT, AND THE DEBATE AS WELL, SHANNON AT 3:00 P

M THIS AFTERNOON, VICE PRESIDENT'S TEAM SENT OUT A FUND-RAISING LETTER, AND IT SAID, DID I MAKE YOU PROUD? JUST LEAVING THE PATH DEMOCRATIC DEBATE RIGHT NOW OBVIOUSLY, A MISFIRE BUT ACTUALLY, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN OVERALL, DESPITE THAT EXCHANGE WITH CORY BOOKER AT THE END ABOUT MARIJUANA, HAD A PRETTY SOLID DEBATE IF YOU LOOK AT IT HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IMPEACHMENT TO BEGIN WITH, HE WAS NOT ASKED ABOUT EVEN THE APPEARANCE OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH HIS SON, HUNTER, BEING ON THE BURISMA BOARD, WASN'T ASKED ABOUT THAT

WAS ASKED ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AND WHAT HE TOOK FROM THE DAY, TAKE A LISTEN TO HIS ANSWER >> YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF UP THERE, WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO WIN THE NOMINATION IN THE FIRST PLACE, TO INACTIVE RESIDENCY IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND SECONDLY, WHO WAS MOST LIKELY TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE BY THE WAY, HE LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT THESE IMPEACHMENT TRIALS I LEARNED NUMBER ONE THAT DONALD TRUMP DOESN'T WANT ME TO BE THE NOMINEE >> JOE BIDEN HAD SOME STUMBLES, HE ALWAYS DOES

BUT LESS IN THIS DEBATE AND FRANKLY, MADE HIS POINTS ABOUT WHY HE MAY STILL BE LEADING IN THE NATIONAL POLLS >> Shannon: OF COURSE ONE OF THE ISSUES WHERE HE HAS REALLY SPLIT FROM THE FIELD IS THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE WHICH AGAIN GOT A LOT OF DISCUSSION >> WAS FASCINATING ELIZABETH WARREN HAS CLEARLY BEEN STRONG BY TALKING ABOUT $52 TRILLION FOR MEDICARE SHE'S BACKED OFF

SHE HAS A PHASED PLAN WHICH SHE TRIED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TONIGHT THIS ISSUE, BIDEN JUMPED IN, SANDERS JUMPED IN IT IS THE ISSUE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY >> AND THE THIRD YEAR, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO TASTE IT AND PLAY WITH IT, WE ARE GOING TO VOTE AND WE ARE GOING TO WANT TO MEDICARE FOR ALL >> SENATOR SANDERS, LET ME BRING INTO THIS CONVERSATION — >> THANK YOU, I WROTE THE BILL

>> THE FACT IS, THE VAST MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS DO NOT SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL IT COULDN'T PASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE RIGHT NOW WITH DEMOCRATS IT COULDN'T PASS THE HOUSE >> AND THAT WAS BASICALLY WITH MAYOR PETE SAID AS WELL ABOUT NOT OVERSHOOTING WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE BERNIE SANDERS, BY THE WAY, IS SAYING THAT BASICALLY ELIZABETH WARREN IS BACKING OFF AND HE IS FULL STEAM AHEAD

MEDICARE FOR ALL IN THE FIRST WEEK >> Shannon: AS WE NOTED THERE, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN'S INCOME HE GOT TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT CAN PASS ON THE HILL WE CAN PROMISE ALL KINDS OF THINGS THERE WAS THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT WHO HAS GOTTEN THINGS DONE ON THE HILL THE VICE PRESIDENT WANTED TO CLAIM THAT MANTLE BUT THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE CHALLENGING HIM

>> SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR FOR MINNESOTA SAYING THAT SHE'S GOTTEN A LOT DONE SHE MADE HER ELEVATOR PITCH SHE OVERALL HAD A PRETTY GOOD DEBATE SOCIAL MEDIA SAID THAT SHE WASN'T SHAKING AT TIMES I THINK IT WAS PERHAPS HER HAIRCUT

WE'LL SEE IT WAS A MESSAGE THAT SHE MADE BASICALLY THAT SHE IS THE PERSON ON THE STAGE WHO CAN UNITE THE PARTY >> I THINK WHAT MATTERS IS THAT IF YOU ARE SMART, CONFIDENT, IF YOU GET THINGS DONE I AM THE ONE THAT HAS PASSED OVER 100 BILLS AS THE LEAD DEMOCRAT AND THAT GRIDLOCK OF WASHINGTON AND CONGRESS ON THIS STAGE I THINK YOU HAVE TO WIN AND I'M THE ONE, MR

VICE PRESIDENT, THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO WIN EVERY RED AND PURPLE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AS A LEAD ON A TICKET EVERY TIME IF YOU THINK A WOMAN CAN'T BEAT DONALD TRUMP, NANCY PELOSI DOES IT EVERY SINGLE DAY [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> A NUMBER OF GOOD LINES SHE HAS HAD OTHER GOOD PERFORMANCES IN DEBATES SHE IS A FACTOR IN IOWA

SHE'S KIND OF MAYBE FOURTH, FIFTH OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOOD NIGHTS, I THINK ANDREW YOUNG HE REALLY FEELS LIKE HE LOOKS COMFORTABLE IN HIS SKIN WHEN HE ANSWERS SOMETHING, HE FEELS LIKE HE IS SELLING IT HE OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOT OF YOUNG SUPPORTERS, AND HE'S MAKING THESE DEBATE STAGES SO HE STILL IN THE MIX

>> Shannon: HE WILL BE UP WITH LATER ON THE SHOW WE WILL TALK ABOUT HOW HE THINKS HIS PERFORMANCE WAS SHE TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY SHE RAISED AFFECTS MY FRIENDS AND HER FIRST FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN RUNNING FOR THE SCENT, TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD THAT IS >> MAYOR PETE DID NOT HAVE THE BEST NIGHT I THINK HE KIND OF — >> Shannon: A LITTLE FLAT

WE'LL SEE THE POLLS ARE GREAT FOR HIM LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER BIG STORY WE WANT TO PUT UP FOR THE PRESIDENT WAS GETTING READY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT JUST AFTER GORDON SONDLAND, THE AMBASSADOR, STARTED HIS TESTIMONY, THE PRESIDENT HAD HIS OWN NOTES HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO SAY

YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK HE WAS BASICALLY QUOTING WITH THE AMBASSADOR SAID ABOUT THEIR PHONE CALL, AND HE SAID THAT IF THE END OF IT SO AFTER THIS TODAY, TWO VERY DIFFERENT TAKES "THE WASHINGTON POST" HEADLINE WAS "SONDLAND BOMBSHELL TESTIMONY LEAVES TRUMP'S OF REPUBLICAN ALLIES AND SCRAMBLING" MARK MEADOWS, CONGRESSMEN, CONSERVATIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT, HIS SUITE WAS, "INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE BOMBSHELL HIGHLIGHTS RUNNING FROM SONDLAND'S TESTIMONY ARE BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATE BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATT BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATW BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATI BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATH BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATL BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATR BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATE BASICALLY FROM HIS OPENING STATY COLLAPSED UNDER QUESTIONING

IT GOT EXPOSED AS ALMOST ENTIRELY SPECULATIVE" AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW IF ANY MINDS ARE CHANGED >> LISTEN, THE OPENING STATEMENT WAS SHOCKING BECAUSE I DON'T THINK REPUBLICANS KNEW WHAT WAS COMING I DO THINK THAT IN CROSS-EXAMINATION, THERE WERE SOME POINTED QUESTIONS ABOUT DID HE HEAR IT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, WAS IT TIED DIRECTLY TO THE AID, DID ANYONE ON THE EARTH TELL HIM IT WAS TIED DIRECTLY TO THE AID, AND HE HAD TO SAY, NO, IT WAS MY PRESUMPTION BUT WHEN YOU LAY IT ALL OUT, THE CALL THAT HE MAKES TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WHERE HE SAYS, I WANT NOTHING, NO QUID PRO QUO HAPPENS ON THE DAY THAT THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE LAUNCHES ITS INVESTIGATION BASED ON THE WHISTLE-BLOWER

SO THAT CONTEXT HAS TO BE — YOU HAVE TO LOOK THROUGH THAT PRISM OVERALL, THERE IS A BACK AND FORTH AGAIN, IT'S THE BLUE DRESS GOLD DRESS, PEOPLE LOOKING AT THE SAME THING I THINK OVERALL, SONDLAND WAS NOT A GREAT WITNESS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP HE REALLY KIND OF HURT AT THE BEGINNING, REPUBLICANS FEEL LIKE THEY GOT IT BACK ON TRACK AT THE END

YOU ARE STILL AT NUMBERS, SWAYING NUMBERS, AND HOW MANY GOP SENATORS ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING >> Shannon: SPEAKING OF NUMBERS, A NEW UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL POLL OUT OF WISCONSIN, VERY INTERESTING, SHOWING HOW PEOPLE FEEL

REGISTERED VOTERS I BELIEVE, WHETHER HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED OR REMOVED THE PRESIDENT THERE IS NOW A 13-POINT SPLIT THERE, YES, 40%, 53% SAID NO THOSE ARE EMBERS MOVING IN THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION SINCE THEY PULLED THIS BACK IN OCTOBER BEFORE THE HEARING STARTED GOOD NEWS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ON THAT FRONT DENIED

>> THAT IS WHAT MATTERS ARE PEOPLE OBSERVING THIS AND HOW ARE THEY ABSORBING IT? THESE MARATHON HEARINGS ARE INTERESTING, THEY GET A LOT OF PEOPLE TUNING IN FEWER AND FEWER OVER TIME AS IT KIND OF DRAGS ON, PEOPLE ARE LIKE, WAIT, WHAT IS SHE — YOU NEED A WHITEBOARD I THINK AT THE END OF THOSE, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A COMPELLING ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT SALE

YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ALONG PARTY LINES ABLE TO >> Shannon: ANOTHER DAY OF THIS TOMORROW