Lawmakers react to first night of 2020 Democrats debate, look forward to round two

Lawmakers react to first round of 2020 presidential debate. (Source: Gray DC)
Lawmakers react to first round of 2020 presidential debate. (Source: Gray DC)(GRAYDC)
Published: Jun. 27, 2019 at 9:51 AM EDT
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Wednesday night 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls squared off on stage for the first time, and Thursday 10 more will do the same.

The first night featured Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York; Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio; Julián Castro, the former housing secretary; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington; and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland.

Healthcare and immigration were two major issues that largely led the first round of debate, which lasted for two hours and was mostly civil between candidates.

Thursday night features Marianne Williamson, a self-help author; former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado; Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; former Vice President Joe Biden; Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Senator Kamala Harris of California; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Rep. Eric Swalwell of California.

To qualify for the debate, candidates had to earn at least one percent support in three separate national or early-state polls conducted from January 1 to June 12, or receive donations from at least 65,000 people from across 20 different states with a minimum of 200 unique donors per state.

The lineups were randomly decided in a process engineered by the Democratic National Committee to avoid clustering the top-tier candidates in a single night. The candidates’ locations on the stage are based on best-known and highest-polling. Center stage on night one will feature Warren and O’Rourke, flanked by Booker and Klobuchar respectively. Night two Biden and Sanders will take center stage, flanked by Buttigieg and Harris respectively.

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