Here’s what you need to know about the second night of the 2020 Democratic primary debate in Miami – CNBC
Jose Diaz-Balart, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd will moderate the debate for a second night. Thursday’s event will feature the same rules as Wednesday’s: 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds to respond to follow ups.
Several themes of Wednesday’s debate could play a role in Thursday’s contest, as well. During one of the first night’s most striking moments, just Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said they supported Sanders’ vision of “Medicare for All” that would eliminate the private health insurance industry, one of the few areas where the contenders diverged. Among Thursday’s group, Biden has opposed a single-payer Medicare for All system, while Harris has insisted she does not want to end the private health care industry.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s contenders will likely join Wednesday’s participants in trying to make their case as the candidate best equipped to lift the working class.
Keep an eye on Biden, who has emerged as the early frontrunner in the race by leading in nearly every survey. He could have a target on his back, particularly after his comments about working with segregationist senators and suggestion that nothing would fundamentally change for wealthy donors if he became president.
Here’s who will take the stage during Thursday’s debate, listed in alphabetical order:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
- South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
- Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
- Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
- Author Marianne Williamson
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Here’s the group that already squared off on Wednesday:
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
- Former Rep. John Delaney
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
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