The second democratic Debate: Sanders Vs. Warren and Biden Vs. Harris will be taking to the stage at the end of the month. This is the first time that these pairs of candidates will compete against each other face to face for all to watch.
For the first night, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will be up against Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren has gained more popularity in the last weeks. The second night will be for a match-up between former Vice President Joe Biden and California senator Harris. This will be an interesting debate as the latter candidates had had a rather nasty debate for the first televised debate. This was due to Harris criticizing Biden’s past opposition over school segregation.
The two debates will take place on July 30 and July 31 from 8 pm to 10 pm eastern time. The moderators will be Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper from CNN. Following the first debate, the democrat candidates had faced strong criticism for attacking each other rather than uniting in a way to fight against Donald Trump and avoid him being reelected.
Although Trump won by dividing, perhaps strictly dividing amongst the democrat party might go against them. It is still to be seen as things can quickly change. The first series of the debate was held through a random drawing to determine the pairings, outside of the public eye. This time, CNN wants to spice it up in a way and hype the face-offs by raising the drama level. The reports will then shuffle names and do the drawing live.
To make the candidate division more equitable, the network took into consideration the polling of both nights. Afterward, the candidates’names were placed into three different buckets. One key dynamic debate to be expected is between South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Although they are not in the top 5, the younger Democrats are rising within the party, and at this point, a clear picture of how things will unfold is still blurry and in the making.
Many Democratic operatives argue that Buttigieg is a fresh new face to the presidential campaign that can bring in a new momentum. Senator Warren tweeted last night about her eagerness to speak again and that she is ”grateful for another chance to talk”. She was excited and ready to take on the stage: ”I’m fired up for big, structural change let’s do this!”
Sanders and Warren have a lot in common and are in fact friends. Will this debate take its toll on their friendship? Or will the candidates leave their personal relationship aside? In fact, voters seem to be drawn to both candidates for similar reasons. Both are trying to stand away from nasty confrontations, and rather stick to facts and their will for change in the right direction.
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