First and Second Democratic Debate of 2019

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Since November 6, 2016, America went into pandemonium as for the second time in most people’s memories that a candidate was chosen based on the electoral college over the popular vote… 

Our American electoral system brought Donald Trump (R-NY) as victor in the race for the 45th President of the United States of America even with a history of business and little to no political experience. 3 years later, American politicians are coming out throughout his presidency announcing their fight for the “soul of the nation” a strong call to unity has been relayed from the democratic party calling on all 50 states plus our American territories to start a new political discussion- what we will do for the 2020 election. 

The 2020 Presidential Election is coming to the front of all news outlets fast and hard- why? There is no true Democratic Front Runner at this time since Hillary Clinton (D-NY) left the political stage reeling from her defeat in the 2016 Election. While Ms. Clinton enjoys her retirement, the former President Barack Obama and other allies have vowed to work behind the scenes to help America recover and allow the Democratic National Committee, or DNC,  to remedy itself from their errors during the 2016 Primaries and Debates. Yes the DNC announced that they made many mistakes in the last election that they hope to repair this time around. Democrats especially have held nothing back, calling president Trump’s actions damaging towards America’s reputation with allies, friends and world leaders while making legislative changes to Obama’s executive orders and other policies that many feel are critical to the survival of America as a nation and as a leader on the global stage. 

Now imagine this- as you visualize yourself seeing the sunrise coming from New York City’s bay shining across the Statue of Liberty, you and everyone should feel that hope and clarity will be coming this election. Seeing in this debate how politicians come to terms and will address a variety of issues such as Immigration, Medicare, Forigen relations and the elephant in the room Climate Change. 

Looking closely at the DNC, we can see how it has reformed itself since 2016, with a new chairman (Tom Perez)  and deputy chairman (Keith Ellison) leading the charge in organizing a hopeful Democratic field to convince a (fractured) America to come together and nominate a strong candidate to run against President Trump in the fall 2020. 

As of right now, there are 23 Democratic presidential hopefuls running for the coveted position of Democratic Presidential Nominee in the 2020 Presidential Election. The DNC announced recently (June 13, 2019) that they decided to set a criteria to weed out the major candidates from the minor ones, to help select those who will speak for the first debate. Along with the new criteria for the debates, DNC decided to host 12 debates- 6 in 2019 and 6 in 2020.  The specific criteria for first debate has been referred by DNC officials to focus on “fundraising and polling. To make the stage, candidates need to have either at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls, or provide evidence of at least 65,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states” (Source: Democratic Criteria)

With the criteria in place, the DNC selected 20 strong candidates who have come to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami located in Florida. Most famously known as one of the 10 swing states in the 2020 Presidential Election and historically a swing state as well. Florida went to Barack Obama in 2012 and 2014; then it went to Trump in 2016. Florida is a true prize consisting of a variety of Americans, immigrants, senior citizens, and Latino voters. 

Seeing that there are 20 Presidential candidates coming onto the first Democratic debate in Miami, the DNC also decided to split the debate into TWO nights- June 26 and 27. On Friday, June 14th, DNC decided to draw candidates’ name manually by their names written on a piece of paper, folded, and placed into the box. A selected representative from NBC picked each candidate’s name for each night.

For Wednesday, June 26, 2019; the 1st group of 10 candidates are announced to be onto stage as following:


(Source: Night 1 Lineup)

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts 

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas TDR O’Rourke

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland TDR Delaney

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii TDR Gabbard

Form. Housing Secretary Julian Castro TDR Castro

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio  TDR Ryan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Washington Governor Jay Inslee TDR Inslee

For Thursday, June 27th, 2019; the second group of 10 candidates are announced to be onto stage as following:



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(Source: Night 2 Lineup)

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont  TDR Sanders

Senator Kamala Harris of California

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana TDR Buttigieg

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado

Author Marianne Williamson  TDR Williamson

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California TDR Swalwell

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York TDR Gillibrand

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado TDR Hickenlooper

The stream broadcasting will be aired on NBC, MSBNC and Telemundo on June 26 and 27 at 9 pm EST. 

The Deaf Report will be tweeting and writing a summary of the first Democratic Debate and as many debates as possible in the future.

Links to all other candidates who were not on the debate are as follows: 

TDR Moulton

TDR Messam

TDR Bullock