Next Democratic presidential debate airs Thursday night on ABC
The first presidential debate of the 2020 election season to include all of the major Democratic candidates at one venue — at the same time — is set to take place Thursday.
After the DNC upped the standards to qualify for this debate, only 10 of the previous 20-plus candidates will take the stage.
They include: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
ABC will broadcast the three-hour event from the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Health care, immigration, the economy and climate change are sure to be among the topics.
The intrigue this go-around is that some of the candidates who are polling high will have the opportunity to interact with other high pollsters — some of which would be first-time interactions.
According to Vox, Joe Biden is slated to stand between Sanders and Warren.
Biden, who has been atop the polls all year has yet to experience any danger of falling from that spot, Vox reported.
Sanders and Warren have jumped one another multiple times for the second spot.
Harris and Buttigieg reportedly round out the top five.
Another change from the previous two debates, candidates have the opportunity for opening statements, but no closing statements will be given.
In case you were wondering, here’s who did not get the invite for Thursday: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne Messam, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, billionaire Tom Steyer and author Marianne Williamson.
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .