Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Face Rematch in Next Democratic Debate

Grant Boone
July 19, 2019

But CNN hyped the potential face-offs to the highest drama, showing reporters shuffling names and then doing each drawing live (including from an overhead camera).

Joining Sanders and Warren on the first night, will be South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former congressman Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Sen.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will face off while Bernie Sanders takes on Elizabeth Warren during the two-night Democratic presidential debate in Detroit later this month. Kamala Harris will have a debate rematch when they appear July 31. Castro, who was thought to have one of the biggest breakout performances of the first debate, will have another chance to build on those gains, though this time he will not get to use fellow Texan O'Rourke - who will appear a night earlier - as his foil.

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CNN, which is broadcasting the debates, assigned candidates randomly with a drawing Thursday night, with 10 candidates spread evenly over two events scheduled July 30-31 and held in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Bernie Sanders of Vermont will headline the July 30 lineup, allowing the two progressive icons to compete directly for the affections of the party's left flank. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont., former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Pacific on July 31 from Detroit. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Colorado Sen. The last such debate lottery, hosted by NBC News, had been held off-screen.

Blitzer later revealed the podium positions of the candidates, which will put the front-runner candidates close to the center on both nights. Booker had denounced Biden for his recollections of the "civility" of working in a Senate that included white supremacists and for his leadership on a 1994 crime bill that Booker contends assailed as a mass incarceration agent in the black community. Another late entry to the race, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, did not meet the polling or fundraising thresholds required for the July debate. Candidates will have to register at least 2% in at least four national or statewide polls recognized by the committee and get donations from at least 130,000 unique donors, along with 400 unique donors in 20 states.

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