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CNN's Detroit debate is making or breaking for Democrats running for president
Polling at less than 1%, the debate would be Swalwell's best chance to break through a field of more than 20 candidates. He used it to launch an attack on the race's frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, calling on him to "pass the torch."
It did not work. He ended up with less than five minutes of speaking time and would end his campaign two weeks after his debut, his poll numbers will not budge after his performance
His challenge remains the same for many candidates struggling to break into the top of the race tier: How do you take full advantage of a brief moment on the debate stage to change the trajectory of your campaign
"It's a balance between your guiding and sharing what you are and what you think, but not being obnoxious , "Swalwell told CNN's Gloria Borger in an interview.
The stakes at CNN's Democratic Debate in Detroit are high. New criteria will make it considerably harder to qualify for the next debate in September.
"Maybe 12, 13 of these candidates, "Robby Mook, who has managed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, told Borger.
Campaign veterans who spoke with CNN said their advice to the lower-polling candidates is this: Going with a short list of goals, "You [can] only have two to four goals." I do not think any more than that is accomplishable, "Stuart Stevens, a veteran of Republican campaigns ranging from Mitt Romney to George W. Bush, said in an interview with Borger . "Ideally, before the debate, you look at your polling and you would say, who I need to talk to … You would never make an ad that just says, well, I do not know, I'm not
Part of Swalwell's strategy was simple
"You almost have to be willing to just keep talking and do not stop talking … Do not raise your hand," he said. "One thing I learned in prep was that moderators do not care if you're raising your hand, they're not professors, they're not teachers, you really just have to lean in and assert yourself."
But what do you do with that time? Mook said, "This debate is all about landing hits. It's landing hits and winning fights, that's it, I think if you're trying to do more than that, you're kidding yourself, you just do not have time."  Here's where the 2020 Democrats stand in a make-or-break debate ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190724183024-20190725-2020-power-rankings-podium-illustration-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>
Not only do lesser-known candidates have to fight for time, they also need to differentiate themselves from other Democrats on stage
"You have to give people a reason why they should listen to you. I've got some barbeque potato chips I've got four choices I want to find some barbeque potato chips I like , "Stevens said."
But there's a hard work to differentiate yourself and you could do lasting damage, Mook warned. real downside to looking desperate and some of these folks need to think about their career two, three, four, five years down the line. Personally, I do not think it's worth it. I do not think that's worth stooping to that level and looking small. "
" You have, for all but one of the 20 candidates who take the stage in Detroit, the nomination battle will end in defeat. to be willing, first of all, to admit that you are probably going to lose. Because of the fact that most people who run for President lose, "Stevens said," You have to be willing to lose and stand for something …