So here we go folks, the number of candidates allowed to participate has been whittled down to ten so the debate will be on one night only this month.
The participants tonight include:
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Kamala Harris
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Senator Cory Booker
Former Representative Beto O’Rourke
Senator Amy Klobuchar
And former housing secretary Julián Castro.
The most recent ABC/Washington Post poll shows Trump trailing the top five contenders.
Courtesy of ABC News:
Five Democratic contenders lead Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with several widening their advantage since July. Concerns about the economy, which have pushed down the president’s job approval rating, are a factor.
Among those tested in the survey, Joe Biden leads Trump by 16 percentage points among all adults, 54-38%, essentially the same as two months ago. Bernie Sanders leads by 12 points, up from 6 in July; as does Elizabeth Warren by 11 points, compared with a slight 7 points previously. Kamala Harris leads by 10 points, while Pete Buttigieg has a slight 6-point edge.
Trump’s support is virtually the same, 38%-41%, in all these matchups, vs. 41%-45% in July. What changes have occurred mainly reflect dips in his support rather than Democratic gains in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
I would look for some of those not in the top five to start making some noise by attacking Trump aggressively or questioning the qualifications of some of the front runners.
Of the front runners I imagine Biden will tout his record working with President Obama, Elizabeth Warren will talk policy, Bernie Sanders will remind everybody that all of the current ultra-progressive ideas were his first, Kamala Harris will talk about her record as a prosecutor, and that Pete Buttigieg will just be super glad to be up there.
As usual I will update this post as new information becomes available.
So choose your snacks and the beverage of your choice, and let’s sit back and watch democracy in action.
Update: Kamala Harris comes out of the gate strong.
— Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2019
Oh that is going to be played over and over again on the cable news channels tomorrow.
Update 2: Beto O’Rourke takes the ball and runs with it.
In passionate answer on gun violence, Beto O’Rourke says, “When we see that being used against children…Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”https://t.co/INdRXlIwFs #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/XqcbTWvR0m
— ABC News (@ABC) September 13, 2019
I have no faith that he could do what he says he wants to do, but I admire his passion.
Update 3: Julian Castro takes his shot at Joe Biden.
— POLITICO (@politico) September 13, 2019
Hey, it worked for Kamala Harris. Temporarily.
Update 4: Elizabeth Warren believes gun control legislation needs to be pried out of the cold dead hand of the filibuster.
Why can’t we pass any legislation to end the gun violence epidemic? Corruption, plain and simple. We have a Congress that is being held hostage by the NRA. That is why @ewarren supports eliminating the filibuster. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/kGstKlcW7e
— Team Warren (@TeamWarren) September 13, 2019
Update 5: I actually missed the most controversial thing that happened tonight.
This is right out of the white nationalist playbook. No news network should be profiting off such hatred.pic.twitter.com/11g7k6hf3c
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) September 13, 2019
That ad does not even make any damn sense!