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Here are all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who have qualified for the September primary debates

Here are all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who have qualified for the September primary debatesThe next round of debates have much more strict criteria for candidates looking to secure a spot on stage. As a result, the field could thin out fast.



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Yang surpasses Beto in Iowa poll, qualifies for fall debates

Yang surpasses Beto in Iowa poll, qualifies for fall debatesYang is the ninth candidate to qualify for a pair of debates in September and October.



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Biden's flub shows why candidates should be allowed to bring notes to debates

Biden's flub shows why candidates should be allowed to bring notes to debatesFormer Vice President Joe Biden's botched closing statement at the CNN Democratic debate shows why notes should be allowed.



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Joe Biden 'surprised' by fellow Democrats attacking Obama's legacy at debates

Joe Biden 'surprised' by fellow Democrats attacking Obama's legacy at debates"I don’t think there is anything he has to apologize for," the former vice president said. "It kind of surprised me, the degree of the criticism.”



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Here are the winners and losers of night 2 of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates in Detroit

Here are the winners and losers of night 2 of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates in DetroitCory Booker and Tulsi Gabbard stood out, while the frontrunners Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had a rough night.



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Trump says Democratic presidential opponents would lead to 'economic sinkhole' after first night of debates

Trump says Democratic presidential opponents would lead to 'economic sinkhole' after first night of debatesTrump claims, "If I hadn’t won the 2016 Election, we would be in a Great Recession/Depression right now."



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America could be on the verge of war – watching the Democratic debates you'd never know it

America could be on the verge of war - watching the Democratic debates you'd never know itFor the second night in a row, the Democratic debate included only a few minutes of discussion on foreign policy. And even those few minutes did not involve much debate. It consisted of a few general questions that demanded short answers. Jon Wolfstahl, a former National Security Council official in the Obama administration, tweeted: “War could break out at any time with Iran, Russia or North Korea. Nuclear arms race happening, UK collapsing, China trade war. Watching CNN debate you would never know it.”Even when Democratic candidate and New York mayor Bill de Blasio asked, in a very loud voice, why they don’t talk about a potential war with Iran, CNN moderators cut him off and explained that they had to move on to the next subject. Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Senator Bernie Sanders, who took part in the first Democratic debate in Detroit the night before, tweeted: “Well the 2 1/2 minutes on the US's upcoming catastrophic war is done let's move on.”It was not only foreign policy wonks in Washington who were surprised and disappointed at the short amount of time allocated to foreign policy. Asal Rad, a California-based researcher for the National Iranian American Council, tweeted: "After four debate nights with over 20 candidates we have barely had a discussion on a policy that may have consequences for a generation to come. But please, more about Mueller."It is not clear why CNN decided to allocate such little time to foreign policy at a time when the US is dealing with a few serious international issues, mainly the potential of a military conflict with Iran. But after two nights in a row, viewers have started raising the question more vocally. Maria Afsharian, a former television journalist, told me: "When I worked at NBC, I was told that most Americans don't have the time to understand, or can't relate to foreign policy."Foreign policy is important to people like us, but not to the majority of Americans – they are worried about feeding and supporting themselves and their families."Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the only war veteran on the debate stage, who served in Iraq, was the only Democratic candidate to address foreign policy at any length. She said that the American people were lied to about that war, and she committed to bring back American soldiers."The leadership I will bring to do the right thing to bring our troops home within the first year in office. Because they shouldn’t have been there this long.”



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Trump news – live: President calls CNN anchor of colour ‘stupid’ for bringing up racist tweets ahead of second Democratic debates

Trump news - live: President calls CNN anchor of colour ‘stupid’ for bringing up racist tweets ahead of second Democratic debatesDonald Trump is attacking a CNN anchor of colour for bringing up tweets the president launched against minority politicians and civil rights leader that were largely viewed as racist.He referred to journalist Don Lemon as “the dumbest man on television” for discussing the tweets at Tuesday night’s Democratic debates, adding, “I am ‘the least racist person in the world,’ appearing to quote his own previous claims.The president found himself under siege in the latest round of Democratic 2020 primary debates on Tuesday evening, with Pete Buttigieg accusing him of pretending to be disabled to avoid service in the Vietnam War and Elizabeth Warren saying he “disgraces the office of president every single day”. In further bad news for the president, California governor Gavin Newsom has signed a new bill into law that would make it mandatory for every presidential candidate to release five years of their tax returns or face being left off ballot papers in the state in November next year.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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New poll: Joe Biden slides, while Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren surge after debates

New poll: Joe Biden slides, while Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren surge after debatesKamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren made big gains with voters, while former Vice President Joe Biden has seen his once big lead dissipate.



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Who won the Democratic debates? Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren – and Trump

Who won the Democratic debates? Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren – and TrumpDemocrats’ fragmentation, support for undocumented immigrants, and silence on issues affecting the heartland leaves a big opening for Trump‘Except for healthcare, the debates missed areas to challenge Republicans in the heartland or mobilize Democratic voters outside of the traditional progressive base.’ Photograph: Byrnn Anderson/APAfter two nights, and four hours, of Democratic debates, it is now up to the pundits and spin doctors to convince Americans – the majority of whom did not watch the debates – which candidates won or lost.Clearly, this was not your parents’ Democratic party. The stars of both debates were largely “non-traditional” candidates – women and ethnic and sexual minorities. The first debate was won by Elizabeth Warren, who combined facts with passion. There were also breakout performances by Julián Castro and Cory Booker. The second debate was won, hands down, by Kamala Harris, with strong performances by Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand. We also saw (older) white men boast about their parenting, and a non-white woman and a gay man leverage their military experience.Still, there was some traditional gendered behavior too. There was a lot of interrupting and shouting over each other – predominantly, but not exclusively, by older white men. More than half an hour of the combined four hours of debate was wasted on mediocre white guys who poll less than one percent, and I’m not even counting the time wasted by moderator Chuck Todd pontificating rather than asking questions.The clear losers on stage were “traditional” candidates – white men again – most notably Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden. The main loser off stage was NBC News – not just for an embarrassing technical glitch with the microphones in the first debate, but also for the format of the debates. Together with the Democratic National Committee, NBC decided to invite far too many candidates and divide them by lot rather than support in the polls.This mainly hurt Warren, who ended up in Wednesday’s second-tier debate, in which the candidates represented less than 25% of the Democratic vote in current polls (most of that support is for Warren). This denied her the opportunity to face her key opponents, Biden and Sanders, head-on.That said, the large field also had some positive side-effects. It provided comic relief (Marianne Williamson), put climate change front and center in the first debate (Jay Inslee), and, thanks to Eric Swalwell, introduced the slogan – “pass the torch” – that will haunt Biden throughout the campaign.Moreover, somewhat paradoxically, having 20 candidates made the Democratic party look less divided than the three (really two) candidates in 2016. Rather than being ideologically divided, let alone polarized, the Democratic party today is fragmented – devoid of a clear leader.Partly for that reason, there was another unofficial, offstage winner: the Republican party, and Trump in particular. The debates saw Trump’s main challengers falter (Biden) or fade (Sanders), the second-tier perform strongly (Warren, Harris, Buttigieg), and some new challengers emerge (notably Castro and Booker). This increases the chances for a long, internally divisive, Democratic primary – allowing the Republican party to look stable and united in contrast as well as benefit from free opposition research as the Democratic candidates try to tear each other down.The debates also gave disproportionate attention to the plight of non-Americans, notably asylum seekers at the southern border and undocumented immigrants throughout the country. While this is understandable and even morally admirable, given the Trump administration’s inhumane immigration policies and the salience of the issue at this moment, it provides an easy opening for Republicans.> Rather than being ideologically divided, let alone polarized, the Democratic party today is fragmentedThis was only made worse by the moderators’ fondness for stupid “raise your hand” polls, like the one which asked candidates to raise their hands if their preferred healthcare system would cover undocumented immigrants. All did, and within seconds the internet exploded with rightwing pundits claiming that this proved Democrats care more about “aliens” than Americans. One of the people to weigh in, of course, was President Trump, who breezily tweeted: “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!”The other reason Republicans are probably pleased with the Democratic debates is that, except for healthcare, very few topics were seriously discussed that could challenge Republicans in the heartland or mobilize Democratic voters outside of the traditional progressive base. The debate barely touched on the opioid crisis, for example, and the issue was largely reduced to punishment of big pharma rather than discussion of how to help addicts and their families. It is depressing to see the Democratic party once again ignoring this clearly progressive issue, which affects almost half of all Americans in a personal way.There was also no serious discussion of America’s crumbling infrastructure – a particularly ripe issue for big-government Democrats like Sanders and a huge missed opportunity, given that it is an election promise on which Trump has clearly failed to deliver. More generally, neither moderators nor candidates really addressed the broader issue of work, from the threat of automation (only Andrew Yang) through the highly salient issue of minimum wage to the explosion of the precariat in the wake of the Great Recession.Finally, with the exception of Ohio congressman Tim Ryan’s pseudo-populist appeal to Trump voters in the rust belt, there was no discussion of the ever-growing urban-rural divide and the plight of rural America. Republicans will undoubtedly exploit this by continuing to accuse the Democrats of being the party of coastal elites and minorities, while presenting themselves as the voice of the implicitly white “real America”.If the Democrats want to defeat Trump in 2020, they need to expand beyond relatively narrow progressive causes and start planning their messaging for the general election. Nothing less than the White House is at stake. * Cas Mudde is a Guardian US columnist and the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia



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