Only 10 candidates will take the stage in Houston on Thursday night.
More stringent criteria means only 10 candidates will take the stage for the Democratic debate Thursday night in Houston. The debate, taking place at Texas Southern University, a historically black university, will be the third time Democratic contenders meet to discuss their ideas for the future.
The debate will be broadcast on ABC and Univision and streamed online at ABC Live and Univision (with Spanish translations). Before the start of any primary debates, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) required that any television partner livestream the debates for free, as a way to reach the broadest possible audience.
Because of the qualification criteria for this debate, this debate will take place in one night, rather than two, as in previous debates. All 10 qualifying candidates will take the stage at the same time.
The qualifying candidates include former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
If Thursday night's questions mirror those of the first two debates, Americans can expect to hear about expanding health care, reducing gun violence, a compassionate way forward on immigration, addressing climate change, and building an economy that benefits all Americans, not just the richest 1%.
Recent polling shows all of the top Democratic candidates beating Trump in a head-to-head matchup. A Tuesday poll of registered voters by Univision shows a Democratic candidate beating Trump in Texas by a five-point margin.
Published with permission of The American Independent.