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Politics What's at stake for the Democratic candidates onstage in Tuesday's debate?

12:45  14 january  2020
12:45  14 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

Democrats release new debate qualification thresholds

  Democrats release new debate qualification thresholds Instead of just meeting a polling and donor threshold as required for previous debates, candidates now have an alternate way to participate . © Scott Olson / Getty Images Democratic Presidential Candidates Participate In Presidential Primary Debate In Des Moines, Iowa Presidential hopefuls seeking to take part in the debate will be able to qualify by meeting a "Delegate Threshold." To do so, they must have been allocated at least one pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention based on the results of the Iowa caucuses on February 3.

The top 10 candidates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination will take the stage for three hours Thursday night. Thursday night’ s debate , which will air from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. on ABC, will present the first opportunity for all of the race’ s leading candidates to appear onstage at once.

The Democratic presidential field is set to have its smallest and potentially most influential debate yet. It could also become among the most contentious if candidates bring their campaigns’ offstage issues onstage . On Tuesday at 6 p.m., six candidates are slated to gather at Drake University in Des

The Democratic presidential field is set to have its smallest and potentially most influential debate yet. It could also become among the most contentious if candidates bring their campaigns’ offstage issues onstage.

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: In this file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raises her hand as former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Nov. 20, 2019. Doyle McManus reflects on the winners of previous presidential elections, concluding it is hard to anticipate the eventual winner this early in the campaign season.© Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/TNS In this file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raises her hand as former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Nov. 20, 2019. Doyle McManus reflects on the winners of previous presidential elections, concluding it is hard to anticipate the eventual winner this early in the campaign season.

On Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST, six candidates are slated to gather at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, to slug it out less than three weeks before the first-in-the-nation caucuses in that state.

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Biden’ s job Tuesday night is to prove them wrong. For Pete Buttigieg, it’ s all about Iowa. For Bernie Sanders, his campaign hopes the debate will mark his With the clock ticking down toward the start of voting, Democratic candidates are getting more serious — and desperate. Twelve among those still

Thursday night’ s debate is the third of the 2020 presidential campaign, but the first in which the 10 Democratic candidates leading most public opinion

Gone are the two-night, 10-candidates-at-a-time spectacles that marked the earliest debate rounds of the Democratic contest last year. This two-hour debate will feature former Vice President Joe Biden; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

With fewer candidates onstage, there will be more time for each to spar, and one of the biggest questions in Democratic politics this week is whether the Sanders and Warren campaigns will escalate their spats with each other. Warren blasted Sanders for sending volunteers out to “trash” her after his campaign reportedly circulated talking points aimed at Warren supporters, alleging she does not bring new voters into the process. Sanders, accused of telling Warren in a 2018 closed-door meeting that a woman couldn’t win the presidency, responded to the anonymously sourced report by saying Warren’s staffers were lying.

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Tuesday ’ s debate in Des Moines will be the grand opening of a new set of conflicts and the launch of Thus the high stakes of Tuesday ’ s encounter, particularly for Warren, Klobuchar and This could lead to a spirited generational conflict between the youngest and second-oldest candidates onstage .

[What question would you ask the Democratic candidates ? Our debate moderator wants your Candidates had until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to meet the Democratic National Committee’ s This time around, Democratic officials opted for the jumbo format to ensure that viewers could see the

This will be the first debate round in which all the participants are white. A dozen Democrats are still campaigning, and notable names missing from the stage include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaire former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey dropped out of the contest on Monday.

The Democratic Party set the highest bar yet to qualify for this debate. Candidates must have reached at least 5% support since Nov. 14 in at least four national or early-state polls, or at least 7% support in two state polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. Candidates must have also secured donations from at least 225,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, territories or the District of Columbia.

Yang and Booker met the donor threshold but fell short in polls. Booker got eight candidates to sign a request to the party to lower the qualification thresholds; that didn’t happen. Yang offered to help fund the cost of more polling, and on Saturday his campaign put out a statement complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s process and saying Yang’s camp had commissioned its own polls showing him at 5% in Nevada and New Hampshire.

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What ’ s It Worth? In a crowded field, experts agree, debates can result in a momentary spike in support for A dozen candidates will be onstage at the CNN/New York Times debate on Tuesday , but experts The Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said that debates can help drive future coverage

There are so many Democratic presidential candidates and debates that it can be hard to keep track of who’ s in and who’ s out. So we’re keeping track for you. The Democratic National Committee has made it progressively harder to qualify for debates , narrowing the field of candidates invited onstage .

Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign and spending massively on paid staff and television advertising, met the poll qualification but is not accepting contributions and so did not meet the donor threshold. Gabbard, who threatened to boycott previous debates, alleging that the party and the media were “rigging the election,” met neither requirement.

Many potential Iowa caucusgoers remain undecided in their choice of which candidate to support. A particularly strong or weak performance from a candidate could bring welcome momentum or unwelcome peril in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. And, of course, what makes Iowa so attractive is that a big win in the Hawkeye State could give a successful candidate more credibility with undecided voters in other states.

But not to worry: If you love debates, there are plenty more coming — in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 7; in Las Vegas on Feb. 19; and in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

Tuesday’s debate in Iowa, co-hosted by the Des Moines Register and CNN, will be shown on the cable channel and can also be viewed on the Register’s and CNN’s websites and apps.

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No Democratic debate this year has allowed for more than 10 candidates onstage at once. But party officials faced a unique situation for next month’ s Viewership rose for the debate held in Houston, the third of the campaign cycle and the first to feature two leading candidates , former Vice President

Of the ten candidates onstage Tuesday night, nine will be familiar faces to those who watched the first debates and one will be new: Steve Bullock, the governor With a higher threshold to qualify for the third debate and beyond, there is urgency for Mr. Bullock and others polling below 2 percent to have a

Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip of CNN and Brianne Pfannenstiel of the Des Moines Register will moderate.

What’s at stake for each candidate onstage?

Biden probably has the least to lose of the five candidates onstage. His decent polling in predominantly white Iowa is just the cherry on top of his thus-far unshakable strength with voters of color elsewhere, whose support could provide Biden with a path to the Democratic nomination. If a poor debate performance contributes to a poorer performance in the Iowa caucuses, it still poses a risk to Biden’s nomination chances, of course. But unlike some of the other Democratic candidates, Biden could probably withstand a modest finish in the Hawkeye State.

Buttigieg, by contrast, probably needs to do very well in Iowa to pave his own path to the nomination, given his inability thus far to attract voters of color. Could strong victories in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire help unlock support from more diverse voters in the primary states that follow? It’s harder to see that happening if Buttigieg does poorly in Iowa, so he needs a debate performance that keeps his supporters energized and the door to future voters open.

For Klobuchar, it’s probably now or never. The senator from Minnesota has never broken into the top tier of the race but has polled better in neighboring Iowa than in any other early-voting state, although she’s still getting support only in the single digits. Who knows — a surprise top placement in Iowa could attract undecided moderate voters who might be worried about Biden’s age or Buttigieg’s inexperience. But she’s running out of time to make a breakthrough.

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The 10 Democratic candidates in this debate (10 others will debate on Thursday) will have 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the polling leader among this debate ’ s participants, will not be onstage with her rival for the most progressive voters

Tuesday will also be a crucial chance for lower-polling candidates to gain attention before they After Steyer and then Gabbard qualified for the October debate , some speculated that the debate The candidates will stand onstage based on the average of the 10 most recent qualifying polls as of Oct.

Sanders, like Biden, has one of the most valuable assets in the Democratic primary: a decent amount of support among voters of color. But unlike Biden, Sanders has faced persistent questions, even among sympathetic liberals, about whether he is too left wing to secure the Democratic nomination. One potential cure for that kind of hand-wringing? Winning right out of the gate. It’s not been Sanders’ style to make big splashes at the debates, but a steady performance followed by a top finish in Iowa would make the senator seem more electable to undecided voters.

Steyer almost didn’t meet the polling threshold in time to qualify for the debate, but he did so with a flourish: A new Fox News poll showed him polling at 15% in South Carolina, second only to Biden’s 36%, undoubtedly thanks to Steyer’s blizzard of advertising there. Unlike his fellow billionaire candidate Bloomberg, who has already become the much bigger spender, Steyer had the good sense to get in the race early enough to collect the small donors required to qualify for the debate stage. A good debate will certainly help Steyer, but given his nearly bottomless advertising budget, the debate stakes feel lower for him than for, say, Klobuchar.

At one point over the late summer, Warren was polling as Democrats’ top choice in Iowa. Her shine has since faded a little, with Warren not placing first in an Iowa state poll since early November. The upside: The latest Des Moines Register poll shows that she has the field’s highest favorability rating with Iowa Democrats. Warren might be well positioned to make a closing argument that she’s the best choice to unify the progressive and moderate wings of the party behind a single candidate.

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Next debate stage will be the smallest, whitest one yet .
Six candidates were invited to next week's debate, one fewer than in December.The candidates invited (in alphabetical order): former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, businessman Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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