Because 67,493 Democrats are running for president in 2020, the DNC has been forced to initially hold two debates consisting of 10 candidates a piece on consecutive nights.
Neither former VP Joe Biden nor Democrat Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) will be on stage on day one.
Here’s the breakdown…
#DemDebate stage Night 1: June 26
1. Sen. Cory Booker
2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
3. Rep. Beto O’Rourke
4. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
5. Rep. John Delaney
6. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
7. Sec. Julian Castro
8. Rep. Tim Ryan
9. Mayor Bill de Blasio
10. Gov. Jay Inslee
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 14, 2019
#DemDebate stage Night 2: June 27
1. Sen. Sanders
2. Sen. Harris
3. Former VP Biden
4. Mayor Buttigieg
5. Sen. Bennet
6. Ms. Marianne Williamson
7. Rep. Swalwell
8. Sen. Gillibrand
9. Mr. Andrew Yang
10. Gov. Hickenlooperhttps://t.co/WPc4yFNAr4
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 14, 2019
By splitting the Democratic presidential field’s top-tier candidates into two groups and dividing them evenly across two stages for the year’s first primary debates, the Democratic National Committee had hoped to avoid a repeat of the Republican Party’s “kiddie table” spectacle of 2016.
It got a stacked deck, anyway.
The two front-runners, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will both appear on the same night, based on the DNC’s random drawing Friday. They’ll be joined by two other major candidates, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.
Only one contender from the Morning Consult poll’s latest top five, Elizabeth Warren, will appear on the other stage.
Does Pete Buttigieg honestly believe he stands a chance at beating President Trump in a general election?
Does he really think he can earn the Democrat Party nomination for president?
If the answer is no, Pete must be shooting for the lucrative book deal that will inevitably come his way.
During a recent event, Buttigieg likened fans of Bernie Sanders to Trump supporters.
From Free Beacon:
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg seemingly took shots at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) during a speaking event in New Hampshire this weekend, saying his supporters back him for similar reasons people voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
Buttigieg’s remarks came during a question about Buttigieg’s 2000 prize-winning “Profiles in Courage” essay, in which the then-high schooler praised Sanders for his bipartisan efforts in Congress. But now, Buttigieg says Sanders inspires in his supporters the same bitterness about economic stagnation which Buttigieg believes motivated the same voters to propel Trump to the presidency.
“I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like, unemployment is low, like you said, GDP is growing,” Buttigieg told his crowd over the weekend, “and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened. They are stuck.”
Buttigieg added that he believes both Sanders and Trump represent the radical ends of the left-wing and the right-wing factions of American politics.
Of the many, many Democrats running for president in 2020, John Hickenlooper is at the bottom in terms of name recognition.
The very bottom.
If elected president, which is funny to even type when it comes to Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado vowed, in front of race-baiter Al Sharpton, to pass a bill for slavery reparations.
You’d have to imagine John means he’d sign a bill, considering the executive branch doesn’t make law.
More from the NAN conference, per CBS News:
A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are set to speak at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention as they compete to reach black voters, a critical demographic in the upcoming primary elections. Sharpton’s convention has garnered prominent guests in the past, such as President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Presidential candidates speaking at the National Action Network convention on Wednesday include former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, businessman Andrew Yang and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the gubernatorial race in Georgia last year and is currently mulling a presidential bid, is also speaking Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, Rep. John Delaney and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg are speaking at the convention.