ABC News Democratic Debate Tonight From Houston at 8 pm ET

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

In a Washington Post op-ed, Mr. Rendell, who has endorsed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden for president, wrote he has been a big fan of Ms. Warren, but said the Massachusetts Democrat's anti-big donor pledge rings hollow.

The moderating panel for the September Democratic debate tonight come from the ranks of ABC News.

After praising Warren's ideological commitments and her efforts to increase consumer protections in the financial sector, Rendell takes his fellow Democrat to task for "trying to have it both ways" by claiming independence from high-dollar donors while surreptitiously relying on them.

Candidates will make opening statements, but there will be no closing remarks, the network says. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET and will conclude at 11:00 p.m.

Moderators for the debate are chief anchor George Stephanopoulos; "World News Tonight" anchor and managing editor David Muir; ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis; and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

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Leading Democratic White House contenders Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will share the stage for the first time on Thursday when the top 10 candidates for the party's presidential nomination meet in a debate in Houston.

A live-stream of the debate will be available on this ABC station's website. Candidates will be allowed 75 seconds for direct responses and 45 seconds for secondary responses and rebuttals, according to the network. Bernie Sanders, former VP Joe Biden, Sen.

It marks the first time all the major candidates will be on one stage. They have maintained that Sanders will not go after Warren unless they are the last two standing, but they also privately point out differences, such as on foreign policy and party politics.

The sharp bickering during the first two rounds of the debates dismayed some Democrats, who have urged the candidates to rein in their attacks and focus on laying out their own affirmative agendas. Or that Kamala Harris, the California senator, and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, look to reclaim lost momentum not by punching upward but by reemphasizing their own visions for America.

Businessman Andrew Yang probably has the most to gain from this debate in that he is polling above several sitting U.S. Senators on stage with him, and he has the benefit of a large national audience tuning in for the main front runners, a good number of which may have not been exposed to his candidacy yet. However, more candidates may qualify for the next debates in October.

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