Top Democratic Presidential Contenders To Debate In Houston

Democrat presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has yet to gain significant ground in the early months of the 2020 contest

Progressive Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will share the debate stage for the first time with establishment favorite Joe Biden Thursday night in a prime-time showdown displaying sharply opposing notions of electability in the party's presidential nomination fight.

Despite the miles traveled, the tens of millions of dollars raised and the ceaseless churn of policy papers, the Democratic primary has been remarkably static for months with Joe Biden leading in polls and Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders vying to be the progressive alternative.

Warren, who as a Harvard law professor once challenged then-Sen. For debate updates and analysis about the issues that matter to you, follow Spectrum News on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

When, where is the Democratic debate?

Hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision, each candidate will have 1 minute, 15 seconds to respond to questions from moderators George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos, and 45 seconds to respond to follow-up questions and rebuttals. "Getting two percent in a series of state and national polls, getting 130,000 donations, it is not easy", Klein said. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The overall order from left to right is Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, O'Rourke and Castro.

The debate promises to be dramatic since ABC News and Univision are only hosting the ten highest-polling candidates, unlike CNN and NBC who split their debates into 2 nights to accommodate the large field. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Tim Ryan of Ohio, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney did not qualify, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out to run for the Senate.

There will be opening statements from candidates, but no closing ones.

"This is a crucial month for her in fundraising and debates", one Harris adviser said. Live, from Houston, Texas, the event starts at 8 pm ET and will air on your local ABC station, with live streaming embedded below. NBCNews.com will live-blog throughout the night, offering live updates, fact checks and analysis. Still, Democratic strategists see Biden as a fragile front-runner, and he has to have solid outings in these coming debates that will likely get more attention than the first couple of rounds.

One more contender, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, managed to qualify last week for the October debate.

"I think for the candidates that have gotten this far, they've beaten out a whole lot of people and a whole lot of expectations to get there", said ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Robert Mugabe to be buried next week in his village: Family
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangangwa is visiting the home of late former President Robert Mugabe to convey his condolences. Mnangagwa visited Mugabe's mansion Thursday, viewing the casket and paying respects to the former president's widow, Grace.

Justin Trudeau calls Canadian general election for 21 October
According to a recent Bloomberg analysis, the Liberals are projected to lose seats in the House of Commons. With the election called on September 11, all federal parties are getting their campaigns into full swing.

Trump mulls $15b bailout plan for Iran if complies with nuclear deal
Trump's expressed wish for a possible personal diplomatic overture along the lines of his North Korea policy. Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran after the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, Mr.

Mind-blowing ways on how to deal with lies
Most people tend to forget that they cohabit with other people that means you are living your life with other people in it. Same thing applies when it comes to sport bet , you need to dig deeper and find out if a sportsbook is legit or a scam.

Other news