Democratic debates 2019: What to watch for

Democratic debates 2019: What to watch for

There will also be time for snack breaks or to answer nature's call, with four commercial breaks scheduled to break up the action. But they have not broken through to mount a serious challenge to the top contenders, making Wednesday's debate a chance to grab some of the limelight.

With a field this big, some strategists expect the attacks among opponents to start early and come often.

The former local district attorney and state attorney general told thousands at the convention that Trump has a long "rap sheet" that Democrats' 2020 nominee must be able to use against him in a general election. But he has steadily dropped in polls and needs to right the ship.

Biden faced withering criticism last week when he spoke about segregationist senators, and his handling of a controversial abortion-related issue drew scrutiny. The Biden campaign did not respond to Fox News' request for comment when asked whether his debate prep this go-around would be different than the past.

"They're going to talk a lot about Trump, and one thing they're going to do is try to make a case that they're the one who should go out there and battle Trump in the next year and a half", said Uscinski.

The others included in the lineup are the New Jersey senator Cory Booker; the former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke; the former housing secretary Julián Castro; the Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar; the Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; the Washington governor, Jay Inslee; the NY mayor, Bill de Blasio; and the OH congressman Tim Ryan. The Democratic Presidential Debates are scheduled to take place June 26 and 27, with 10 candidates competing each night. The results can not be extrapolated to the electorate as a whole, or even Democratic primary voters, but Warren's eclipse of both Biden and Sanders in this highly motivated group seems to confirm a widespread belief that she has picked up momentum in recent weeks. The question is: Will anyone emerge as the front-runner this early in the 2020 US presidential race?

Twenty Democratic candidates will joust in two debates this week in Florida.

Which candidates appear on stage each night was chosen at random. It's been a pretty friendly affair for the first seven months of the presidential primary as Democratic candidates have avoided going negative on each other for the most part.

The proposal will extend much further than the plan already unveiled by his Democratic major rival Sen.

It may be hard for the Democratic candidates to distinguish themselves on areas of policy such as healthcare, immigration and climate change, where there seems to be broad agreement among the presidential field.

Candidates know this, and, as a result, will likely be looking for an opportunity to have viral moment with reverberations beyond this week.

"It's not an ideal situation for anyone", he said.

The debates are set for Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 to 11 p.m.

There will be half as many moderators as there will be candidates onstage each night: NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, Telemundo and NBC Nightly News anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd and MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.

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