Bernie Will Take On Biden During The First Round Of Democratic Debates

Clay Curtis
June 16, 2019

Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden.

Neither were figures of how Trump would match up against any other members of the enormous field of Democratic primary candidates.

Not all 20 participants will be on stage at the same time.

The two candidates with the lowest percentage of supporters who said they will definitely watch are Vermont Sen.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has the most to lose going up against progressive champion Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and mixed-race female California Senator Kamala Harris.

Biden and Sanders have been polling as the two top contenders for the Democratic nomination since as far back as October 2018 before either candidate announced their candidacy. They will also be able to give closing statements and can respond to other candidates through the moderator. The same 20 candidates will participate in the event, which will be moderated by CNN.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of MA 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.

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The New York Times tried to put the best spin on the situation, arguing that Warren, who is running third in most polls behind former vice-president Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Beto O'Rourke, former representative from Texas, and Tim Ryan, representative from Ohio.

Four candidates - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Alaska Sen.

In addition to the top-tier candidates, Day 2 will include Senator Michael Bennet; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, congressman Eric Swalwell; best-selling author on spirituality Marianne Williamson; and technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to speak with reporters at the White House on June 11, 2019.

The turnabout is head-snapping-Sanders averaged more than 22 percent in national polls during February, Warren under 7 percent, yet here they are virtually tied at around 17 percent in three polls taken this week.

The four candidates who will not be participating in the first debate are Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Congressman Seth Moulton of CT, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel and Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Florida.

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