NEWS: Bernie Sanders plans to participate in the debate in April if one is held, his campaign said, the strongest indication yet that he plans to continue competing against Joe Biden in the 2020 primary for the foreseeable future.
Lotsa stuff going on. At 7 CT, Bernie is hosting a COVID TH with Pramila Jayapal and public health experts, such as Abdul El-Sayed, and a few others. Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter, Sara Lee Guthrie, is the guest artist.
Bar is open to celebrate Bernie’s continued and much-needed presence to bring attention to issues. We practice physical distancing, not social distancing (unless one is a Shill) at our place. See you in the comments!
Tonight is the 4th debate sanctioned by the DNC and 12 candidates have qualified for a three hour evening. The hosts are the NYT and CNN.
Here’s how you can watch/listen to the debate, per CNN:
t will air exclusively on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español, and will stream on CNN.com’s homepage and NYTimes.com’s homepage. The debate will also stream live on the following Facebook Pages: CNN, CNN International, CNN Politics, CNN Replay, AC360 and Erin Burnett OutFront. In addition, the debate will be available across mobile devices via CNN’s and New York Times’ apps for iOS and Android, via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV, SiriusXM Channels 116, 454 and 795, the Westwood One Radio Network and National Public Radio.
Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate in Ohio will feature former vice president Joe Biden in his usual position at center stage, mirroring his place in the “center lane” of the nomination contest. He will be flanked on either side by Sanders and Warren, who have emerged as his top two rivals for the nomination (with Warren now arguably the front-runner). And they will be competing in a race that, as my Nation colleague D.D. Guttenplan argues, is “dramatically widening the entire left lane of American politics.”
Sanders and Warren are upending the traditional downsized politics of excluded alternatives. Their support for policies including Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax, student-debt cancellation and more has expanded widely held notions of what is possible. These ideas have not just been mentioned in the mainstream debate; thanks to Sanders’s and Warren’s courage and clarity of vision, they have dominated the discourse. This has often left the rest of the field flailing to defend tired centrist policies or, in some cases, scrambling to move left in an attempt to keep up.
The progressive senators’ success has also stemmed in part from a decision to set aside their differences and join forces against the pro-corporate Democratic establishment. While Sanders is an avowed socialist and Warren an unabashed progressive capitalist, they share a commitment to reining in corporate power and a mutual respect. That tacit alliance was clear at the last debate when Sanders and Warren teamed up to bat down misleading attacks on Medicare-for-all and redirect the focus to the perfidies of the insurance industry. They have been similarly in sync on key economic issues, such as trade and workers’ rights.
What’s even more remarkable is that the two senators have dominated the debate while relying exclusively on grass-roots donors to fund their campaigns. Both candidates have sworn off PAC donations and high-dollar fundraisers. Yet they still raised significantly more in the third quarter of the year than their closest opponents, with Sanders and Warren bringing in $25.3 million and $24.6 million, respectively. This impressive showing is subverting the conventional wisdom about what it takes to compete in a national race and proving that Democrats can untether their campaigns from lobbyists and corporate power, a prerequisite (along with winning the Senate) to derigging our money-drenched political system and realizing many progressive goals.
It would be naive, however, to expect this momentum to continue on its own.
Is it already nearly the end of the month? Night one of the July debates, which are being held in Detroit and will be underway at 8pm ET.
Here’s tonight’s lineup, based on 1% polling and number of unique donors/donations accumulated:
(photo courtesy of CNN)
Author and activist Marianne Williamson Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
Gov Bullock is the newest to the plethora of those running. Rep Eric Swalwell dripped out recently due to poor polling.
The event is being hosted by CNN. For those of you who do not have cable, you can watch it streamed in CNN.com.
Tonight is a make or break for Klobuchar, Delaney, Bullock, Williamson, and Ryan.
Rules for the Debate:
Candidates will be given 60 seconds to respond to a moderator-directed question, and 30 seconds for responses and rebuttals.
Colored lights will be used to help the candidates manage their remaining response times: 15 seconds = yellow; 5 seconds = flashing red; no time remaining = solid red.
A candidate attacked by name by another candidate will be given 30 seconds to respond.
There will be no show of hands or one-word, down-the-line questions.
A candidate who consistently interrupts will have his or her time reduced. (hint to Gillibrand and Hickenlooper)
Questions posed by the moderators will appear on the bottom of the screen for television viewers.
Will more than one candidate say that Bernie’s MfA plan won’t work? Will Dana Bash question Bernie on trivial news of the day in order to trip him up? Will foreign policy, outside of the immigration/border issues with Latin America be part of the questions? And what will be the gap between the moderators’ length of question time vs the candidates” speaking time? The 99 previews the debate, moderated by Briahna Joy, Josh Miller-Lewis, and Bill Neidhardt.
If you have a couple of bucks to chip in the campaign, the donate button is on the right nav side of the screen.
See you in the comments! Bar is open, but bear in mind it is BYOD! 🙂