The second round for the Democratic presidential candidates in Detroit will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday. As time progresses and we are getting closer to the finish line, a lot is on the line for these candidates-a lot to win but also a lot to lose. For the past months, they have been taking part in back-and-forths in dual debates over important topics such as economy and health.
For the first face-off on Tuesday, progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will take to the stage for a much anticipated televised debate. Other Democratic candidates will also hope to make a breakthrough and reach more voters in their favor. By random draw, all the candidates taking part in the Night 1 debate are all white.
The debate is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET and will last at least two hours. The placement on the stage will be as follows, from left to right: Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O`Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock. To watch the debate, tune in on CNN or listen to Westwood One radio.
Some important elements to look for in the first debate. The first question that comes to mind is: what characteristics in their political approach and objectives differentiate Sanders from Warren given that they are both progressives? They both are progressive when it comes to social justice on student debt and health care, as well as strongly aware of inequalities and fighting against it. In the past weeks, as per recent polls, Warren has also been gaining points and even taking over some states surveys.
Sanders has also been accusing Biden on the health plan he proposes which is centered on the current Affordable Care Act. Despite a criticized first televised debate, Biden continues to lead in poll numbers. Not having the chance to directly confront Biden in this debate might also but Sanders at a disadvantage.
It is important to remember that ”these debates are watched by millions of voters” and that it is ”a great opportunity for every candidate to talk to the American people” as points out Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders. According to him, the nights in which different candidates debate is not that important, ”it really doesn’t matter. The lineup’s not that important”.
In other words, each candidate has the chance to prove his or herself regardless of the night they are given the chance to be on stage. They can still defend and bring forth what matters to them, they approach goals and values. That is what matters to the American people when they watch.