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The stakes are incredibly high considering: (a) how impressive the first debates were, as California Senator Kamala Harris has a strong performance, and (b) the fact that the Democratic National Committee's qualifications to join the third debates in September are significantly highs and probably will gain a lot of space.
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5. Pit Buteigueg: Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was the story of the race so far. But its spring jump has become a status quo. Buttigieg is now second-level candidate, although he is in the front of this package. Its massive fundraising in the second quarter – $ 25 million – should help with this problem, but the strong debate on Tuesday night can also take a long way to restart the buzz machine for it.
Buttigieg was very, very solid in the first debate; he seemed found to make sure that no one thought he was too young and inexperienced to be a president. He played it safely. Which is good! But Buttigjeg is likely to be more involved in this debate than in the first – which is an opportunity and a danger.
To date, Mayor Pitt has exceeded expectations in every possible way in the race. Can you do that in this debate? 4. Kirsten Gillibrand: The senator in New York seems to have all the right features – a feminine, liberal, powerful voice in the movement #MeToo – to make noise in the broad democratic field. This has not yet happened to her, and, man, the time is running out.
Gillibrand, if there is a moment in this debate, will be in danger of omitting the third debate – and that may be the end, Which means: Now is the time to start moving.