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Democratic Debate Lineup: Sanders and Biden to Face Off
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=36080"><span class="small">Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR</span></a>   
Friday, 14 June 2019 13:06

Kurtzleben writes: "The lineups are set for the first Democratic presidential primary debates."

Former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg will all be on the debate stage together on June 27. (photo: Scott Eisen; Kimberly White; Mark Makela; Scott Olson/Getty)
Former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg will all be on the debate stage together on June 27. (photo: Scott Eisen; Kimberly White; Mark Makela; Scott Olson/Getty)


Democratic Debate Lineup: Sanders and Biden to Face Off

By Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR

14 June 19

 

he lineups are set for the first Democratic presidential primary debates.

Among the debate matchups: Former Vice President Joe Biden, currently leading in primary polls nationally, will face off against Vermont senator and 2016 candidate Bernie Sanders, as well as California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will face New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Owing to the massive field of candidates, the DNC has spread the field across two, two-hour debates on June 26-27. It also made sure to split the candidates with the highest poll numbers evenly across both nights, to avoid a "kids table" debate situation. The Republican Party faced that criticism in its 2016 primary debates, when it put the lower-polling candidates in a separate debate from the higher-polling candidates.

Candidates for the June 26 debate: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Candidates for the June 27 debate: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet; former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; California Sen. Kamala Harris; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; California Rep. Eric Swalwell; writer and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

To qualify for the debates, candidates had to amass 65,000 donors, spread across 20 states, or they had to get at least 1% support across three national or early-state polls.

Of the 23 major Democratic candidates, three did not qualify: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam; and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton. Bullock on Thursday sent a letter to the DNC arguing that he did qualify, but the DNC has not changed its lineup.

The lineups were set by a manual drawing at NBC News headquarters in New York with a representative of each campaign present, the network said. After the groups were drawn, NBC decided who would go on which night. Their placements onstage will be decided later, based on polling.

The debates will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo at 9 p.m. ET on both nights.

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+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-14 17:44
There's no perfect line up when there are 20 candidates. The first debates will be a winnowing process. Some people will simply not come across well on TV and the interest in them will wither away. This is the only way it can work.

I'm not optimistic about NBC doing a good job of moderating the debate or forming the questions, but that is just how it will have to be. There will be lots more debates.
 
 
0 # davehaze 2019-06-16 01:42
As far as too many candidates, my son, a democratic socialist, pointed out that a democracy can and should handle many - anyone within the very liberal rules can run and should. All the more ideas and opions and a chance to be aired.

Will we ever get past the appaling demonaztion of Ralph Nader for having the "gall, egotism and termity" for daring to run for president?
 
 
0 # davehaze 2019-06-16 01:52
Also, will we please stop calling these pagents "debates." No debates since the two parties purged the League of Women Voters who democracy presided over them.
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-06-16 07:46
Let the drama and the debates begin. They should prove most interesting especially the meeting between Sanders and Biden. I feel history is in the making.