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By Miriam Raftery


June 22, 2019 (San Diego) - The first two debates among Democratic presidential candidates vying to run against Pres. Donald Trump will be held on Wed. and Thurs., June 26 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo. The debates can also be viewed live on the three networks’ websites and via their mobile apps.

Each debate will feature different candidates — 10 per night. The Democratic National Committee narrowed the field of debate participants to 20 based on results of multiple polls and fundraising.  Which candidates will appear each night was determined by random draw.  


The first night, June 26, will include:


  • Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Representative Beta O’Rourke of Texas
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro
  • Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Governor Jay Inslee of Washington


The second night, June 27, will include:


  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
  • California Senator Kamala Harris
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Author Marianne Williamson 
  • Rep Eric Swalwell of California
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Former Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado

Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debate.  

Read more about the debate format and candidate selection process for the debate at


The New York Times conducted an in-depth interview of all of these candidates (except Biden, who failed to respond to interview requests).  The Times asked 18 questions and published in-depth responses including videos and written highlights from every candidate interviewed. 


You can view and read the candidates’ responses to the New York Times at:

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The Debates

I tried so hard to watch the 1st debate, but it was so boring I had stop. Then I watched more of the 2nd night until Kamila Harris gave her sob story about the little black girl on the bus was her. I find that very hard to believe, but I also found everything else this bunch said hard to believe. More time was given to hippy Bernie, then the rest. It seemed impossible to get a full answer on each question since the time limit was ridiculous. Free everything isn’t free! Bernie Sanders when pressed for an ampnswer finally said the middle class taxes would absolutely increase. All the complaining about what’s wrong with this country, they have forgotten the democrats were in power for most of it. Just look at what was once the most prosperous state, Ca. And what the democrats have done since they have been in power. They have no one to blame but themselves. I just hope enough voters take back our state by kicking the democrats to the curb. TRUMP 2020.

Well, I guess we all know...

who won the debates last night..........MEXICO! LOL - Watching the pandering from last night by the Democratic hopefuls is almost too much to take. Rumor has it Joe Biden is planing to respond to one question in Chinese and one question in Ukrainian to help his son close some more deals. :) And, Eric Swalwell takes the stage tonight - Buckle up!

Hope they are truthful?

Wow! A politician that is truthful and keeps his/her word? That pack of socialist, promise free everything group of under-graduated morons collectively don't make one good man/woman "Lawmaker"!

In all fairness, the current president

has been called out by fact-check sites for telling more provable lies, ie actual factual errors, than any prior president.

But we see this problem on both sides of the aisle all too often,  and there is a long tradition of candidates lying to get votes. How many years have we seen presidential contenders flock to Iowa to pledge support for ethanol fuel from corn, only to forget those promises down the road? 

So take it with a grain of salt.  But at least the debates do give voters a chance to see the different points of view among many contenders.


You couldn’t resist

What did your In all fairness have to do with the debates? Just another jab at our President.

Going to be interesting

I sure hope they are truthful about what they say, and keep their word, whoever becomes our next POTUS.