Elizabeth Warren will be the main attraction as the only candidate in the top tier of most polls. While videos of Harris grilling Republicans like Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh went viral, “I don’t think being prosecutorial works being in a primary debate with 10 people,” Schroeder said.Thursday night features most of the top polling stars of this early phase of the campaign, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. “This is a venue where every second of air time is precious.” “Her challenge is to have her voice heard in a way that it differentiates her,” Caufield said, noting that Harris has stayed flat in the polls.“And younger voters will remember his name because that’s an important issue to them.” How will the rest of the candidates get noticed?
“But really, what is (New York Mayor) Bill de Blasio doing in this race anyways? “But if Hickenlooper actually does that, I’d hate to be reading his Twitter feed afterward to see how Bernie’s supporters respond.” Is Warren in a good spot?Warren will be the only candidate in Wednesday’s lineup in the upper tier of polls, but that could be a mixed bag. And that would not be the case if she were in the second night,” Schroeder said.When Biden debated 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, 26 years his junior, Ryan “looked like a kid in trouble with Dad for stealing the car.” Buttigieg’s “challenge is not to melt away on a debate stage,” Caufield said. But that’s hard to do when there’s so many people vying for attention.We haven’t seen him in a position where he has to assert himself among many much more experienced political voices.” Plus, Buttigieg is dealing with his first major challenge of the campaign — his handling of the controversy around a white police officer fatally shooting a black man in South Bend. It’s very likely, given that the former Colorado governor previewed his attack earlier this month at the California Democratic Party convention when he said “socialism is not the answer” — and was booed by the Sanders-friendly delegates.
2020 Democratic debate candidates, Top row from left: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, John Delaney, Eric Swalwell, Kirsten Gillibrand.