2nd Debate Will Have New Rules - Page 2

Democratic candidates are back at it Tuesday and Wednesday nights
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2019 7:23 AM CDT

  • Wednesday's big show: All eyes will be on Joe Biden, who has been more aggressively fighting back against race-related criticism from Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, notes the New York Times. Harris in particular went after him on the subject in the first debate. Fireworks again?
  • Do or die: Roughly speaking, about half the candidates debating Tuesday and Wednesday are not expected to make the cut for the third debate in September, notes NPR. Currently, only eight qualify (Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, O'Rourke, Booker, and Yang), meaning that other candidates need break-out moments.
  • Mayor Pete: After a great spring, Buttigieg has "faded" into a second-tier candidate, writes Chris Cillizza at CNN. He had a solid first debate, but he's likely to "take more incoming" in the second. How he handles it could determine whether he remains a second-tier candidate.
  • Klobuchar: She needs a boost and has acknowledged that she held back in the first debate, notes NPR. The Minnesota senator also is known for her quick wit, all of which adds up to a key question: Will she be one of the lower-tier candidates to break out?
  • Not in: Candidates not making the cut for the second debate are Seth Moulton, Tom Steyer, Mike Gravel, Joe Sestak, and Wayne Messam.
(Read more Democratic debate stories.)

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