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Expectations On Tonight’s Democratic Debate


What are your expectations on tonight’s democratic debate? The primary debate lineup will take place in Atlanta this Wednesday at Tyler Perry Studios. The debate will air from 9 p.m to 11 p.m Eastern time and will be co-hosted by both MSNBC and The Washington Post.

This time around there will be no opening statements and candidates will be limited to 75 seconds to answer the questions. Rachel Maddow will be asking questions representing MSNBC, while Ashley Parkey will be representing the Washington Post. Candidates will each be given 45 seconds for rebuttals or follow-ups and their closing statement cannot exceed 75 seconds. The time is very limited, to say the least, and the debate focused on keeping the candidates’ points of view and approaches clear, concise and to-the-point.

Tonight, ten Democratic presidential candidates will take to the stage of which Joe Bidden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. In the last months, two of these ten candidates have managed to distinguish themselves from the others and gain more popularity among the Democratic crowd: Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indianapolis.

Many are looking forward to seeing how Warren will respond to the various attacks she will receive from her fellow candidates. Biden and Buttigieg raised their concerns on Warren’s health care proposals for instance. Warren was then asked to justify how she would finance this ”Medicare for all”. However, so far, Warren has been standing strong and defending her position, and not showing any signs that she would retreat.

While Warren explained that she built a plan to run the Medicare for all in her third year, Sanders responded that he could get it done right away. He was clear about it from the very beginning, adding: ”I will engage that struggle on day one of my administration.” It was noted that Warren and Sanders, who off-stage were long-time friends, tried avoiding direct confrontations throughout the campaign trail.

Tonight’s debate is expected to be dynamic and interesting, to say the least. Regarding Buttigieg, at only 37-years-old, opponents are prepared to attack him on all sides. Harris, for instance, is looking to ”have an answer” for why he used a stock photograph from Kenya to illustrate his plan for African-Americans on his campaign website.

Warren also criticized him for leading in her opinion what she described as a ”consultant-driven campaign”. While Buttigieg managed successfully to somewhat respond to these attacks, things are expected to be tougher as he is now under more scrutiny this time around in the debate.

Will the candidates talk about the impeachment request? Many speculate that most would like to address other issues then shed more light on Trump once again, they would rather focus on presenting their solutions to the target problems.

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