The First Democratic Debates
By Michael Synder
The 2020 Presidential election has officially taken off to a new start. The Democratic Party has seen a breaking record of 24 candidates vying for the provocative frontrunner spot to run against President Donald Trump. As you know, the debates truly has a way to resonate with the voters from the previous 2016 Presidential election. If you recall, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump the Republican one; and Clinton lost the election thanks to several states - Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (these states were blue for President Obama in 2008 and 2012).
Starting in 2019 and 2020, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) points out that there will be a total of 12 debates for the candidates - 2019 will see six and 2020 will see the last six before the presidential debates by summer and early fall of 2020. DNC hopefully is trying new ways to connect with the millenials and other votes lost in the 2016 Presidential election.
Tonight and tomorrow (June 26 and 27), you will have a chance to see all 20 current candidates share their priorities on current socioeconomic issues, their perspectives, and their policy platforms. On Wednesday June 26, the first set of 10 candidates are: Warren, O’Rourke, Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, and Ryan. On Thursday June 27, the second set of 10 candidates are: Bennet, Biden, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Sanders, Swalwell, Williamson, and Yang. These candidates also are joined by five moderators on both days to ask them questions, and those moderators are Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Jose Diaz-Balart, Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd.
What are you going to expect from this first Democratic Debate? A lot. Some may not hit the spot. Some might stutter. Some even will hit the target on some issues. All of the details will depend on how you feel about their responses to a comprehensive set of current issues - health care, tax cuts, immigration, climate change, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ issues, employment, school shootings/gun reform, Iran & North Korea, and the Middle East.
And of course, how will one of them be competent enough to face off with President Donald Trump?
However, we will not know who will become the frontrunner(s) until much later. DNC just announced that they will determine the ones who are slated for the second round of Democratic debates in July.
I have a few suggestions for you when you are watching the debates.
First - take notice of everyone’s body language as one is responding to a moderator’s question and other’s rebuttal.
Second - write down any important notes about what a candidate is saying on any particular issue that is important to you. You can always go back to the internet and find out if the candidate’s claims are true or not. I plan to do this throughout the debates.
Third - check the polling data before and after the debates. This will tell who is going up and down the polling ranks, depending on how well do they do in the debates. You will get a good idea on who is probably going to be the “frontrunner” between the end of June to the second round of debates.
Check TDR’s live tweets at @TDRBreaking, starting at 9 pm EST until 11 pm (6 pm to 8 pm PST) on both nights.
By the way, enjoy the slinging remarks they would make towards one another!