Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to take center stage in second Democratic primary debate

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to take center stage in second Democratic primary debate
The Democratic National Committee announced which 20 of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates qualified for the first two 2020 debates.

(WWBT) - Ten more Democratic candidates will face off on June 27 for the second presidential debates of the 2020 race, with polling leaders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders taking center stage.

Pre-debate coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET. The main event starts at 9 p.m.


The second group appearing on Thursday are:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren took center stage at the first debate.

“I don’t think anyone else on that night has her level of skill and her level of experience in this format,” said Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist. “I think she should look at this as an opportunity to really shine and come out of the first night as the one that is dominating the conversation.”

Warren was joined by nine other candidates:

  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Rep. John Delaney
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • Sec. Julian Castro
  • Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Gov. Jay Inslee

The AP reported earlier in June that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts were the only major candidates out of the two dozen Democratic hopefuls who failed to meet the polling or grassroots fundraising measures required to get a debate spot.

Two lesser-known candidates, former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, also missed the cutoff.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who recently had been on the bubble, both made the debate based on polling measures.

The debates will be held in Miami.

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