Twelve? Why are there twelve now? I thought we were whittling them down, not adding to litter. 

Courtesy of CNN:

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage here at Otterbein University on Tuesday during a swirl of news back in Washington and on the other side of the world.

Since Democrats last took the stage in September, House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump for his attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and deliver dirt on his possible general election rival. Trump’s former aides and diplomats are being subpoenaed and called to Capitol Hill to talk to Congress about the President.

And Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria has made way for Turkey to attack the US-allied Kurdish forces, a decision that has been condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike.

The debate represents a number of firsts in the race to take on Trump: It’s the first-time former Biden steps on to the debate stage without being the race’s clear frontrunner, a position he now shares with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; it’s the first time Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to the campaign trail since suffering a heart attack earlier this month; and the first time a whopping twelve candidates will be on the stage at the same time.

And Tuesday could represent the last time four candidates get this kind of national spotlight: Only eight of the candidates on stage have qualified for the November debate in Georgia, leaving four candidates — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — with the real possibility of having Tuesday’s debate be their last.

I hope it’s their last time because to be honest I would not miss a single one of them. 

After the last debate I said that I found it boring.

Somehow with all of these topics to explore I think tonight will be much more interesting. 

As usual I will update this post as new information becomes available. 

Update: Harris makes and excellent point.

I saw Cory Booker jump on this as well, but Harris started the ball rolling. 

Update 2: Klobuchar wants to make to the next debate.

I think she is misrepresenting Warren’s policy idea, however. 

Update 3: While you are watching Tulsi Gabbard on that stage, keep this in mind.

That should tell you quite a lot. 

Update 4: Mayor Pete hit a homerun with this one. 

His response to Tulsi Gabbard was pretty impressive as well. 

Update 5: This was a nice moment.