Bernie Sanders to Face Elizabeth Warren in July Democratic Presidential Debate

Henrietta Brewer
July 19, 2019

Kamala Harris, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Kamala Harris, who had a nasty back-and-forth during their initial debate over Biden's past opposition to busing in some instances.

CNN announced the lineups Thursday evening in advance of the second Democratic debate, to be held July 30-31 in Detroit.

Candidates for the July 31 debate: Colorado Sen.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Bernie Sanders, the two top progressives in the Democratic primary. Booker, too, will likely see an opportunity to hit Biden over his past comments about working with segregationist senators.

The candidates will be split into tiers before the live drawing, with the first draw including 10 candidates (Bennet, Bullock, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Ryan and Williamson), the second including six candidates (Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, O'Rourke and Yang) and the final draw including the four polling frontrunners (Biden, Harris, Sanders and Warren).

The Democratic National Convention has announced the candidates who have made the cut for debates later this month. Warren, Sanders, Harris and Biden were put into their own drawing, so two of the four would appear each night. About two-thirds say they have been following news about candidates very or fairly closely.

Another candidate who sparred with a competitor on stage was Castro, during a heated exchange with fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke, in which he called out the former congressman's stance on decriminalizing border crossings.

CNN will conduct a live, random drawing to determine the candidate lineup for each night. And the fact that Warren and Sanders will also be stage on Tuesday night gives each candidate a chance to burnish the moderate credibility by attacking a top progressive.

Biden, meanwhile, was given the opportunity to debate Sen. The last such debate lottery, hosted by NBC News, had been held off-screen. Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Sanders and Warren have solidified their place on the stage by attaining both qualifiers. Any candidate who "consistently interrupts" others will have their time reduced. The debates will also be simulcast on CNN International. A candidate had to register at least 1% in three polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer and former Pennsylvania Representative Joe Sestak, who recently joined the race, didn't qualify because they haven't been included in polls.

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, two candidates who did not make the first debate stage, will also miss the second debate after failing to qualify.

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