(CNN)If you missed Tuesday night’s South Carolina presidential debate, I can sum it up in just two words: LOUD NOISES.For extended periods of time during the two-hour debate, candidates sought to talk over one another, land opposition research hits and create zingers that they could then use to raise money for campaigns rapidly running out of it.It made for an absolutely terrible debate — to watch and to participate in.
The ninth Democratic presidential debate kicks off Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with five veteran debaters and one newcomer facing off on the stage.
This is the first debate for billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who only met the polling qualifications on Tuesday. He’ll go head to head with several top contenders vying for primacy in the critical early nominating contests.
The debate, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent, puts pressure on Bernie Sanders to defend his position as a leading candidate in the run-up to Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, while moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — and now Bloomberg — look to widen their bases, and Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren seek a boost after failing to meet early expectations.
All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University next week threatened on Friday to skip the event, asserting they would not cross the picket line of campus workers locked in a labor dispute.
UNITE HERE Local 11, a union representing 150 cashiers, cooks, dishwashers and servers at the university, said in a statement that it had not yet reached a resolution in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with Sodexo — a global services company that employs the workers and is subcontracted by the university to handle food service operations.
“We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week,” Susan Minato, co-President of Local 11, said in the statement. “Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus.”
The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that it was working with all parties involved to find “an acceptable resolution” that will allow the debate to go forward.
10 Democratic candidates set to face off in 5th debate l ABC News
The candidates will take the stage in Atlanta after the latest Iowa caucus poll showed Pete Buttigieg as a front-runner with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden tied for second place.
The fifth Democratic primary debate convenes 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold.
Candidates will have until November 13 at 11:59 pm to meet both polling and donor requirements. But according to an analysis by CBS News, only the eight following candidates have met both thresholds to participate in the November debate so far:
- Joe Biden
- Cory Booker
- Pete Buttigieg
- Kamala Harris
- Bernie Sanders
- Tom Steyer
- Elizabeth Warren
- Andrew Yang
The venue, format and moderators for the November debate will be announced at a future date. It will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
With each debate, former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance has improved. He handled the predictable incoming questions much better than past debates with greater passion and authenticity. Biden finally began to remind voters of his experience and accomplishments, not only as a senator, but as vice president, proudly serving at the side of the Democrats’ most popular living president. No one else in this race has that resume.
Going forward, Biden needs to continue to focus on his proven ability to get things done, his readiness to lead on day one and his ability to restore normalcy to the presidency. He may have flubbed a few answers, but I attribute that more to the debate format than his competency. The bigger picture is what matters — not nitpicking at inconsequential gaffes.
When he’s speaking from the heart, rather than as a policy wonk, Biden thrives. His final answer of the evening about personal setbacks was a perfect example. Biden was relaxed, empathetic, personally raw and relatable. Biden’s campaign needs to put him in more situations that showcase these attributes. There’s a reason the former vice president is the frontrunner and his camp must capitalize on those assets. The country is crying out for decency, stability and respectability to once again occupy the Oval Office.
The shouting was first heard as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was giving his introduction. Toward the end of his remarks, a man could be heard shouting: “fire Pantaleo.”
The second night will offer a rematch of former Vice President Joe Bidenand California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose clash over race became the most closely watched moment of the first round of debates. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who has also been critical of the former vice president, will also be on the stage on Wednesday.For a large part of the Democratic field outside of the top-tier candidates, the pair of debates will be one of the last chances to make an impression on a national audience. The Democratic National Committee raised the threshold to qualify for the fall debates, meaning many of the candidates run the risk of not making the stage in September and October.Here’s how to watch:
What time is the debate?Tonight’s debate will start at 8 p.m. ET and end around 10:30 p.m. ET.
How can I watch them?CNN’s Democratic presidential debates will air exclusively on CNN and will stream live in their entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, exclusively to CNN.com‘s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.
Round two of the Democratic presidential primary debates is set to get underway, with candidates facing off on back-to-back evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday on CNN.Candidates will focus on using the precious few minutes of debate time they’ll have to make a lasting impression on the biggest audience some of them will see. After these debates, candidates will have to meet thresholds for donor figures and polling levels that are twice as high as they were for the first two debates.
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Immigration and health care remain key issues that seem likely to come up, among other topics. “Medicare for All” may be discussed at greater length on Tuesday and Wednesday, since the candidates have some disagreements over how single-payer health care can be implemented.
CNN’s two-night Democratic primary debate will offer a rematch of former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose clash over race became the most closely watched moment of the first round of debates. Biden and Harris will debate in Detroit on Wednesday, July 31.The debates will also, for the first time, offer a match-up between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the two top progressives in the Democratic primary. The duo — who will debate on Tuesday, July 30 — were not on the same stage during the first debate.The lineups for each night were announced on air during a live, random draw for transparency around the event. There were three distinct draws based on polling: One to divide the bottom 10 candidates, one to divide the middle six candidates and one to divide the top four candidates
NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo host 2020 presidential candidates in two primary face-offs, Wednesday June 26th and Thursday June 27th, live from Miami. Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart moderate.
- Biden vs. Bernie: It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the Democratic frontrunner (Joe Biden) versus the man who’s been in second or third in the polling (Bernie Sanders). And it’s easily the party’s central ideological fight (Obama-era pragmatism versus Sanders’ democratic socialism).
- Harris vs. Buttigieg: Night Two also features two other top-tier Democrats – Kamala Harris (someone who’s long been considered a contender to be the party’s ultimate presidential nominee) and Pete Buttigieg (who’s had the most surprising rise so far of the Dem race). Can either of them steal thunder from Biden and Bernie?
Warren was asked four other questions before most of the nine other contenders had been asked two. Her platform set the pace for the night, with other candidates embracing elements of it — or at least passing on opportunities to break directly with her.Meanwhile, two of the most aggressive candidates onstage, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, chose another target to mercilessly attack: former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas. De Blasio hammered O’Rourke on health care, while Castro accused his fellow Texan of failing to do his homework on immigration.
The large field will be split into two groups for Wednesday and Thursday, after a selection process that was a source of controversy. With so many contenders, answers will be limited to 60 seconds.
Up first on Wednesday night: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.