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David Ward

The debate will be the final face-to-face gathering of the candidates before the February 3 Iowa caucuses. Six candidates are set to appear: former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The debate is the first meeting of the candidates since Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing US troops. The attack last week was retaliation after Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad. The debate will provide an opportunity for the candidates to focus on foreign policy as they make their presidential case to the American people.

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What time is the debate?

The debate will air live at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

 

How can I watch it?

The debate will air exclusively on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International and CNN Airport Network and will stream live in its entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, exclusively to CNN.com's homepage, across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. The debate will also air live at DesMoinesRegister.com and Democrats.org, and can be heard on CNN's SiriusXM XChannels and the Westwood One Radio Network.

 

Who is debating?

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Businessman Tom Steyer

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

 

Who is moderating?

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip as well as The Des Moines Register's Brianne Pfannenstiel will moderate.

Who didn't make the cut?

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

Businessman Andrew Yang

 

How was the stage decided?

In order to qualify for the debate, candidates needed to meet both polling and fundraising minimums. For the polling criteria, candidates needed to receive 5% in at least four DNC-approved national or early state (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) polls, or receive 7% in two early state polls.

Candidates also needed to receive donations from at least 225,000 unique donors, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 different states.

What happened at the last debate?

The last Democratic presidential debate in December took place in California, but it was all about Iowa. Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Warren are banking on a strong performance there on the path to the nomination.

Buttigieg faced the kind of sustained criticism he had largely avoided during his rise to the top of the polls in Iowa. Warren and Buttigieg had been circling each other for weeks leading up to the debate. Warren highlighted a recent Napa Valley fundraiser Buttigieg held in a "wine cave," where the mayor talked to donors under a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals. Buttigieg responded by pointing out that Warren had held high-dollar fundraisers as a Senate candidate, and that her decision to no longer do so is a new one.

After a series of unsteady debates, Biden was the most comfortable that he's been on the debate stage to date, a sign of renewed confidence in his status at the top of the Democratic pack nationally -- and that the smaller debate stage suits him.

Yang also proved he belonged on the stage -- particularly because of his ability to cut through politics and policy in humanizing terms. This was clearest when he was asked about being the only person of color on the stage, something that happened after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro failed to qualify for the debate and California Sen. Kamala Harris dropped out of the race.

He said: "It's both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate of color on the stage tonight."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/politics/how-to-watch-democratic-debate/index.html

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PoshLife

There are three things I hope the moderators ask about early in the debate while people are still watching:

1. The Warren-Sanders feud, and specifically whether Sanders said he doesn't think a woman can win the presidency. This will be the first time most people are hearing of this, and the moderators need to tease out what he said and why he said it (assuming he did) - get both of them on tv, in front of voters, giving their account of their 2018 meeting. That will help determine who this becomes a bigger issue for. Warren has to be careful because it's harder for women to go on the attack without facing backlash. And the fact that Sanders will have to say out loud that he believes a woman can be president - when it goes without saying for everyone else on stage - will be difficult optics for him.

2. Iran, the first foreign affairs crisis of the 2020s and completely of President Trump's making. This will be an opportunity for Biden to demonstrate his foreign affairs bona fides once again, and an opportunity for Buttigieg to lean on his veteran status. It will also be an opportunity for the other candidates to attack Biden for voting for the War in Iraq, which won't move the polls because everyone in this country already knows he voted for it (and everyone over the age of 27 remembers the Bush Administration's misinformation campaign about WMDs) - it's already baked into his numbers at this point. Biden just needs to be careful not to misconstrue his own voting record; this is the gaffe I'm most worried about for him tonight.

3. Medicare for All. Now that the early state voters are really starting to pay attention to the primary, the moderators and moderate candidates on stage need to take Sanders and Warren to task again on the fact that their plans will a. never realistically become law, b. raise taxes on every American, and c. rip every American off their private insurance plan even if they like their current plan.

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Hope everyone has fun watching the debate! I won't be posting about everything on here as it happens since I'll be watching the debate, following along with FiveThirtyEight's live-blog, and WhatsApp chatting with my friends about it. But I'll swing by and post some thoughts at the end. Unless Biden REALLY f*cks up in a way that even I can't defend, in which case I'll see you all tomorrow :laughga: 

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TheQueenLG
2 minutes ago, PoshLife said:

There are three things I hope the moderators ask about early in the debate while people are still watching:

1. The Warren-Sanders feud, and specifically whether Sanders said he doesn't think a woman can win the presidency. This will be the first time most people are hearing of this, and the moderators need to tease out what he said and why he said it - get both of them on tv, in front of voters, giving their account of their 2018 meeting. That will help determine who this becomes a bigger issue for. Warren has to be careful because it's harder for women to go on the attack without facing backlash. And the fact that Sanders will have to say out loud that he believes a woman can be president - when it goes without saying for everyone else on stage - will be difficult optics for him.

2. Iran, the first foreign affairs crisis of the 2020s and completely of President Trump's making. This will be an opportunity for Biden to demonstrate his foreign affairs bona fides once again, and an opportunity for Buttigieg to lean on his veteran status. It will also be an opportunity for the other candidates to attack Biden for voting for the War in Iraq, which won't move the polls because everyone in this country already knows he voted for it (and everyone over the age of 27 remembers the Bush Administration's misinformation campaign about WMDs) - it's already baked into his numbers at this point. Biden just needs to be careful not to misconstrue his own voting record; this is the gaffe I'm most worried about for him tonight.

3. Medicare for All. Now that the early state voters are really starting to pay attention to the primary, the moderators and moderate candidates on stage need to take Sanders and Warren to task again on the fact that their plans will a. never realistically become law, b. raise taxes on every American, and c. rip every American off their private insurance plan even if they like their current plan.

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Hope everyone has fun watching the debate! I won't be posting about everything on here as it happens since I'll be watching the debate, following along with FiveThirtyEight's live-blog, and WhatsApp chatting with my friends about it. But I'll swing by and post some thoughts at the end. Unless Biden REALLY f*cks up in a way that even I can't defend, in which case I'll see you all tomorrow :laughga: 

M4A lowers the out-of-pocket costs for Americans. You’re opposed to this?

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Eighteen
4 minutes ago, TheQueenLG said:

M4A lowers the out-of-pocket costs for Americans. You’re opposed to this?

not for ALL americans. bernie's plan would for instance require my grandma to PAY for insurance through taxes unlike now where she has a combination of public and private insurance and doesn't really pay anything.

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rumours

You're trying to tell me Tom Steyer is there and not Andrew Yang? :saladga:

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Gagaloo92
1 hour ago, PoshLife said:

 

3. Medicare for All. Now that the early state voters are really starting to pay attention to the primary, the moderators and moderate candidates on stage need to take Sanders and Warren to task again on the fact that their plans will a. never realistically become law, b. raise taxes on every American, and c. rip every American off their private insurance plan even if they like their current plan.

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Not you using the same, tired, misleading, and embarrassing talking points about Medicare For All that:

a) conveniently leave out the fact that premiums and deductibles would be made obsolete, therefore offsetting any tax increases on middle class and poor Americans and not increasing total costs overall

b) replace existing private, expensive health care plans that no one likes with better, cheaper  health care that have no out of pocket expenses and let people keep their doctors

c) allow the government to negotiate medical and prescription drug prices, therefore reducing health care costs as a whole

It's soooo so sad that you regurgitate these sad, intentionally misleading arguments about Medicare For All that health insurance companies have created to protect their own profits

:smh:

EMBARASSING!

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Anyway, I'm looking forward to this debate. Warren better clear up all this mess and both her and Bernie need to put it behind them and focus on their policies, including Medicare For All and why it will be a BETTER plan for all of us. 

They also need to go after Biden hard as well as other centrist Dems. 

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GagaOhhLaLa

I’ll watch highlights afterwards. I’m not really interested to see this

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M Monstre

The fact that Tom Steyer keeps getting in these debates is so annoying. He's clearly just buying his way into this primary and for what? I mean, Andrew Yang 100% deserves that spot. Even though I'm certainly not in the "Yang Gang", you can't deny that he's built a steady grassroots movement.

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TioBernie

I can’t wait for Bernie to keep exposing Biden as the war criminal he is.

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Lion Heart

I wasn't planning on watching this debate, but it's not like I have anything else to do so I guess I'm here. :/ 

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Lion Heart

The Republican Primary had more diversity at this stage of the election. 

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Morphine Prince

That Sanders and Warren handshake was so awkward. 

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Morphine Prince

Bernie came in dragging the poor others for supporting the Iraq war. We love to see it. 

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