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 https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/stage-set-first-democratic-debate-here-s-primer-night-1-n1018551.
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: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/us/politics/2020-candidate-interviews.html?fbclid=IwAR39VRwGXXXzYZ6opMq0cjOx4wTgpHe-6AsYEnyz8TlEsZdlOZSBjSfVbzI.
Well, I guess we all know...
Hope they are truthful?
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
Going to be interesting