The top ten Democratic presidential candidates will finally be at a debate stage Thursday night in Houston. The three-hour show will be the first time Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren appear on the same stage. (September 11th)
WASHINGTON – Ten candidates. One night. And five questions that Thursday's Democratic debate can help answer the ever-accelerating presidential race.
For the first time, consistent field leader Joe Biden will take the stage with his fastest-growing rival Elizabeth Warren, on the other side of Biden will be Bernie Sanders, the final candidate in the top-level trio. Seven other aspirants, who are raising numbers in national and nationwide surveys, will also be on the scene, struggling to command eloquence or deploying fists that could grab their attention and hopefully grip.
The field is profitable – it cuts off half of the 20 candidates who qualified for the first two rounds of debate, which means that the debate can be held in one night instead of two – and the clock runs. In five months, the Iowa Caucuses will open a sprint for the nomination to contest President Donald Trump's second term.
Here's what we can learn from the Houston debate.
Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden campaign at the Keene State College Campaign in Keene NH, Saturday, August 24, 2019 (Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP)
Former Vice President Joe Biden displayed some of the same qualities he had in previous its two presidential offers in 1988 and 2008, including terminated ene nature and propensity for blunders. Unlike these campaigns, this does not undermine its support. Backed by the argument that he is the challenger who can best defeat Trump, Biden remains at the top of the Democratic field.
Even some of Biden's supporters, including New Hampshire's top supporter, worry that he is a fragile front-runner who needs to make his appearances more energetic and his answers less durable. In a phone call with reporters last week, senior associates at Biden's campaign argued that Iowa rubbers were not a "must win" for him – which wasn't exactly an expression of confidence. Massachusetts Senator Warren has made bigger and more enthusiastic crowds along the way.
USA TODAY / Suffolk Poll: Americans fear elections; Biden maintains his lead
Warren's challenge: Democrats' belief that women face a tougher fight against Trump
For Biden, more than anyone another candidate, Thursday's debate will be a test: his ability to give clear answers, respond to likely attacks and demonstrate energy over the duration of the forum, which is scheduled to last three hours.
2. How will mass shootings shape the debate?
Since the democratic debate six weeks ago, nine people enjoying an evening in an entertainment district have been killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio; 22 Walmart shoppers were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas; seven passers-by were killed in a mass shooting near Odessa, Texas.
"People are on edge": Threats of mass violence have increased since El Paso, Dayton
After two mass shootings, a new poll reveals stress and fear that Americans are potentially victims of another tragedy.
This spate of violence catalyzes the debate over widely supported American proposals to expand checks on gun buyers and pass so-called red flag laws that enhance law enforcement agencies' ability to take action against suspects thinking about violence. He also sparked a more divisive discussion about mandatory "buy-in" assault weapons, which opponents of the proposal criticized as a forfeiture of a gun in violation of the Second Amendment rights.
USA TODAY / Suffolk Poll: Americans Don't Expect Congress to Act Under Arms Laws
Former Rep. Beto O-El-Paso did violence with his gun signing, calling for a mandatory buy-back and licensing program for all firearms. Biden, Sanders and Warren approved only the voluntary buyout program.
"We have a big enough elevator here," warned Pete Butigig, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
3. How long can Warren and Sanders be friends?
Meaning. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts represent the far left of the Democratic Party. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Vermont Senator Sanders and Warren are more than neighbors in New England. They are both the most outspoken liberals in the field of democracy. Their embrace of comprehensive offerings such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal stand in contrast to Biden's more centrist approach. Everyone wants to be the alternative to the former Vice President's left. However, Sanders and Warren declined to criticize each other when they were on the sidelines during the July debate and did not take pots on stumps.
This non-aggression pact is likely to be compounded by the need to differentiate one from the other.
At the moment, they seem more likely to take on Biden. Warren criticizes Biden's position as too cozy with big business at the expense of consumers, including the bankruptcy bill he endorsed in 2005.
This debate will be her first opportunity to take this face-to-face battle with him during this campaign.
In the first debate in June, California Senator Kamala Harris noted the viral moment of the evening with a politically emotional emotion her record – and her personal experiences – with school buses. This fueled her interest in her campaign until she could be so sure in the second debate when her own records as a former Attorney General in California were attacked.
"This Girl is Me": Harris attacks Biden with a personal story about race
In a preview of her debate strategy this time, spokesman Ian Sams said, "Kamala will take on Donald Trump directly "- this is not really a surprise position. It could grab the headlines in a democratic debate where the Republican president is unlikely to have defenders.
It will have competition for spotlights. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Butigig, and O'Rourke are also hoping for a breakthrough to help propel them from the second phase of the first. Who is Andrew Jan?
The democratic field is still large, but smaller than it was. After the latest debate, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand senior, Washington Gov. Jay Inley and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are dropping out. The prominent Democrats who are still running – including the Republic of Hawaii, Tulsi Gabard, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Colorado Senator Michael Bennett, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Ohio reporter Tim Ryan – do not meet the threshold and vote for the threshold until
Billionaire activist Tom Steyer did not make this debate, but fulfilled the conditions for next October.
Andrey Yang will be on stage on Thursday.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang buys lemonade for some of his employees and supporters at the Iowa State Fair on August 9, 2019 (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
He was never elected to the post; indeed, he never ran for office. The 44-year-old entrepreneur, who founded the non-profit Venture for America, struck a chord with a ardent group of supporters with proposals to provide "universal basic income" of $ 1,000 a month to every American and turn to automation.
the funnest candidate. Witness the video for it at the Asian-American Political Forum in Costa Mesa, California on Sunday – crowd surfing.
Dancing on the trail: How did Andrew Yang end up in a viral video dance Cupid shuffle
John Young? its broadcast
Read or share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/ elections / 2019/09/12 / democrat-debate-biden-guns-harris-yang-likely-focus-houston / 2279450001 /