WASHINGTON – The sets are set.
Twenty democrat presidential candidates were divided between two evenings of debates planned in a drawing by NBC News Friday morning. The the candidates will compete June 26-27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
Here is the breakdown of the two groups of candidates and the dates on which they will debate
- Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
- Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Former Texas Rep Beto O’Rourke
- Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Former Representative John Delaney of Maryland
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii
- Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
- Ohio Representative Tim Ryan
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
- Governor Jay Inslee of Washington
- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Senator Kamala Harris of California
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado
- Author Marianne Williamson
- Representative Eric Swalwell from California
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
- Former Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado
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The proceedings will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Moderators will be Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Díaz-Balart.
The format of debates will be the same every night. Holt will appear within two hours. Guthrie and Diaz-Balart will join Holt for the first half. In the second half, Todd and Maddow will join as moderators.
As voters begin to pay more attention to the race, candidates in recent weeks have started to refine their message and offer insight into arguments they might try to make on the debate stage.
It seems likely that frontrunner Biden will face the most difficult engagement yet from fellow Democrats in his campaign of almost two months. Biden, now in his third presidential campaign, fought with Trump but tried to stay out of the party fray.
Warren criticized Biden for his ties to the credit card industry, including his Senate vote for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, 2005, legislation that tightened the rules on bankruptcy. persons eligible for bankruptcy protection.
Sanders has lashed out at Biden, arguing that the “middle of the road” approach that Biden – a centrist who has presented himself as the antidote to Trump – will prove to be a loser.
Meanwhile, in South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Peter Buttigieg, 37, delivered the message that the country needs a generational change in the White House. He criticized Trump and Biden as backward-looking candidates who are not best suited to address the generational challenges, such as climate change, facing the nation.
Candidates such as former Rep. John Delaney and former Governor John Hickenlooper could use their time on stage to hammer home their common point that Democrats must elect a tested and moderate Democrat and that going too far to the left would be calamitous for Democrats in the general election. They directed their harshest criticism to Sanders, who this week delivered a major speech defending his democratic socialist philosophy.
In the past two days, some candidates have opposed some candidates’ adherence to Medicare-For-All, a policy that would shake up the private insurance industry, and the Green New Deal, a costly proposal to curb climate change. .
Booker, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders and Warren have all expressed support for Medicare-For-All or establishing a single-payer health care system. At least 15 candidates, all of whom ranked first in the polls, supported the Green New Deal.