(photo courtesy of WaPo)
Tonight is the 5th DNC sanctioned debate, and will be televised on MSNBC. The debate is being held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and starts 9 ET. According to WaPO, Georgia is trending purple in its suburbs and may be a closely contested state next year. It is the first debate this cycle featuring an all female pundit group: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker.
There are only 10 candidates who qualified for this debate. The qualifications in getting an invitation are as follows:
- 165,000 unique donors
- hitting at least 3 percent in four approved polls or at least 5 percent in two early-state polls
In terms of donors and polls, Bernie Sanders was the first to qualify for this debate.
The candidates tonight gracing the stage are former VP Joe Biden, Sen Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep Tulsi Gabbard, Sen Kamala Harris, Sen Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang. Biden and Warren will share center stage, flanked by Buttigieg and Sanders. Buttigieg is expected to be on the hot seat tonight now that he polls highly in Iowa followed by NH; Biden still leads in SC, and NV is tied by Sanders and Biden.
Given that the impeachment inquiry has been going on for the past two weeks, one will expect some questions about foreign policy as well as health care. Sanders is the sole candidate who has led legislation on Medicare for All (and expanded!), another expected topic in which Warren will have to continue to explain her new public option plan. “Candidates will have 75 seconds to answers questions posed to them and 45 seconds for follow-ups at the moderators’ discretion. Candidates should be able to respond if they’re referred to by name by another candidate, but that will be at the moderators’ discretion, according to an announcement earlier this month from MSNBC and the Post.” According to NBC News, the debate will be broadcast live on MSNBC and will also stream for free on MSNBC.com and washingtonpost.com as well as across mobile devices via NBC News and The Washington Post’s mobile apps. In addition, audio of the debate will be available on SiriusXM Channel 118, and TuneIn.
NBCNews.com will live blog the debate throughout the night, offering live updates, fact checks and analysis.
TYT.com will offer post debate analysis and reactions in the spin room.
Looks like Biden’s campaign has accidentally sent a post-debate fundraising email out early. It suggests he may target Warren again tonight.
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