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The Ladies Will Handle the Moderating at Next Dem Debate

Journos Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker, Kristen Welker lined up

(Newser) - It's not yet clear where in Georgia the next Democratic debate will take place, but one major detail has just been hammered out for the MSNBC /Washington Post event on Nov. 20: the moderating panel. It's one made up of all female journalists, with repeat moderator Rachel Maddow... More »

DC Had a TV Dilemma Tuesday Night

A critical Washington Nationals playoff game or the Democratic debates?

(Newser) - Residents of Washington, DC, live and breathe politics, so a presidential debate has the cachet of a sports playoff. Except on Tuesday night, there was an actual sports playoff, in the form of the hometown Washington Nationals playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series—meaning locals... More »

Key Takeaways From the Democratic Debate

Elizabeth Warren was in the line of fire

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren is leading in some polls—and the rest of the dozen Democrats onstage at Tuesday night's debate certainly treated her like a frontrunner. She was attacked far more than any other candidate, especially over her Medicare for All plan. "The difference between a plan and a... More »

Debate's Question No. 1: Impeachment

12 Democrats are taking part in biggest-ever primary debate

(Newser) - A dozen Democrats are onstage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, for the largest presidential primary debate in American history. Frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders are at center stage at the CNN/New York Times debate. Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Cory... More »

Ahead of 4th Debate, 2 Non-Candidates in Headlines

Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama turn up in speculation, polls

(Newser) - The top Democratic candidates are back on the debate stage Tuesday night, but might another big name be joining them in the not-too-distant future? CNBC reports that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might run in 2020 after all . However, the only situation in which he would do that... More »

DNC Again Bumps Up Debate Thresholds

Candidates must have 165K unique donors, hit 3% in four polls to make November debate

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate in November, the AP reports. But in a nod to the potential for late-surging campaigns, the increases are not as steep as those from the first and... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Takeaways From the 3rd Democratic Debate

Biden emerged largely unscathed, analysts say

(Newser) - Ten Democratic candidates took part in a fiery debate at Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday night—and analysts say having all the leading candidates on the same stage raised almost everybody's game. Frontrunners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders managed to hold their ground, while rivals... More »

Democrats Clash on Health Care, War

10 White House hopefuls face off in Houston

(Newser) - Ten Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Texas tonight—including front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, together in the same debate for the first time . Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, and Amy Klobuchar are also taking part in the ABC... More »

In Tonight's Democratic Debate a Promise of Something 'Big'

Will there be friction between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden?

(Newser) - Democrats debate again Thursday night, and all the top-tier candidates will be on the stage together for the first time. Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders lead the pack, while seven others on the stage will be looking for breakouts: Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke,... More »

Good News for Tom Steyer

Democratic presidential candidate qualifies for October debate

(Newser) - Tom Steyer was one of the Democratic presidential candidates who failed to qualify for the September debate , coming up Thursday. But the billionaire financier will be on stage for the October debate, his campaign announced Sunday. In what Politico calls "a quirk in the debate rules," candidates had... More »

On Debate Deadline Day, New Polls Have Bad News for Some

Looks like the next Democratic presidential debate will have just 10 candidates

(Newser) - Midnight Wednesday is the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate, and with hours to go, two newly released polls failed to bring good news to any of the candidates who have been struggling to qualify, NBC News reports. Most notably, billionaire financier Tom Steyer—who came the... More »

9 Candidates Have Now Qualified for Next Debates

Andrew Yang is the latest; Biden has big lead in latest poll

(Newser) - The next Democratic debates are shaping up to have fewer candidates than the first pair, which had 20 apiece. On Thursday, entrepreneur Andrew Yang became the ninth candidate to qualify by reaching 2% in a new Monmouth University poll, reports Politico . The other eight already in the mix: Joe Biden,... More »

Biden 'Cleared Low Bar' in Democratic Debate

Not a great night for Kamala Harris

(Newser) - Joe Biden faced attacks from all sides in the second Democratic debate in Detroit—but the front-runner seemed more prepared and readier to hit back than he did in June, analysts say. Biden, criticized by some of the other nine candidates onstage on issues including health care, climate change, race,... More »

Biden to Harris: 'Go Easy on Me, Kid'

Ex-VP targeted on night 2 of Dem debates

(Newser) - As the front-runner, Joe Biden knew he would be a target in the second night of Democratic debates in Detroit—and he tried to joke about it with Sen. Kamala Harris during introductions. "Go easy on me, kid," he quipped to the 54-year-old in a remark critics saw... More »

Marianne Williamson's Words on Reparations Made Waves

Her argument was hailed as 'powerful'

(Newser) - In Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson was asked about her stance on reparations—and some are hailing her answer as the best that's been given. In questioning her, Don Lemon stated that Williamson has been "calling for up to $500 billion in financial assistance. What makes... More »

Top Takeaways From the Democratic Debate

Sanders, Warren had 'ceasefire'

(Newser) - Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were the two highest-polling candidates in Tuesday night's Democratic debate, the first of two 10-candidate debates in Detroit—but it was a letdown for anybody expecting a clash between the two progressives. Since they are competing for similar voters, "everyone was girding... More »

Sanders: 'I Wrote the Damn Bill'

Best lines from the Democratic debate

(Newser) - In a testy Democratic debate that pitted Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren against more moderate 2020 candidates, Sanders was widely seen as having had one of the best lines. "I do know, I wrote the damn bill," he snapped when Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan interrupted him to... More »

Health Care Splits Candidates in Democratic Debate

Sanders, Warren clash with moderates

(Newser) - The first of another round of 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off Tuesday night with a reshuffled stack of candidates and a different set of rules . Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock are debating in... More »

2nd Debate Will Have New Rules

Democratic candidates are back at it Tuesday and Wednesday nights

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates are back for their second debate, and once again the festivities will be split over two nights—10 candidates each on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Unlike the first debate on NBC, the second one on CNN will not feature raise-your-hand or yes-or-no questions, reports the AP . Candidates... More »

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