2020 Democratic Candidates Get Personal

They have children, they are from small towns, they were in the army. This is how Democratic candidates represented themselves during the first debate.

Digging Deep in the First 2020 Democratic Debate

This week will mark the beginning of the end for many Democrats in the polls. The field is unwieldly large; many candidates are aggressive to get any kind of attention or grip with voters. But many hopefuls have been hanging around anyway, waiting for the first debates. The bar was set low getting into the debates: 65,000 individual donors and 1 percent in three DNC–approved polls. That means 20 debaters will be able to participate in Miami—everyone from sitting senators to Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson to a coterie of anonymous congressmen.

The casualties might not be obvious in an instant. Another debate is scheduled for July, and it has the same limits for qualifying as this week’s meetings, which means there’s one more chance for a debate-stage Hail Mary. But the next debate, in September, will require hitting 2 percent in four polls and 130,000 donors. For campaigns who had to scuffle to make the first debate stage, that’s going to be even more difficult.

Not being on the debate stage doesn’t mean you can’t be triumphant, as Donald Trump proved in 2016 while skipping some primary debates. But most candidates are not Donald Trump, as Trump also demonstrated in 2016. That means the field is probably going to get smaller, as the tide raises a few primetime contenders on to the next stage of the race—and washes the rest of the field out to sea.

While the Democratic field is at its peak, the Republican field remains frozen, with just President Trump and his long-shot challenger, Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, in the race. There will be some third-party and independent candidates as well, though for the most part, they’re still waiting on the shore.

As the presidential primaries progress, this answer key will be updated regularly.


06/27/2019 6:05 AMupdated: 06/27/2019 2:22 PM
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  • Todd P.
    06/27/2019 06:14

    So it says nothing.

  • Joe B.
    06/27/2019 06:18


  • Abraham Y.
    06/27/2019 06:30

    Now it's quite transparent that nobody can match Trump. America needs Trump for another term to block the defiant invasion of migrants and the threat of Iran in the Middle East.

  • Anthony B.
    06/27/2019 07:37

    not gonna work 😂

  • Sanya M.
    06/27/2019 07:42

    Bernie Sanders it is then! :)

  • Pam W.
    06/27/2019 08:42

    Are you effing kidding me?? Your reputations precede you all!! What does raising a black kid or being raised out west have to do with the presidency?and speaking spanish in an english country isnt winning any points!!! Im with trump! Enough madness!!! I know he is a rotten person but i like him as a president

  • Nevin S.
    06/27/2019 09:33

    a group of BETA males and femminized "men"

  • Lamumba J.
    06/27/2019 10:54

    Deblasio🤮 Horseshit mayor👎

  • Gregg M.
    06/27/2019 11:44

    Hey Brut, you missed a couple.

  • Kit M.
    06/27/2019 11:51

    Says more than a bankrupt real estate, reality tv goof, serial divorcee-cheater, military dodging, 4th grade intelligent twitterhead

  • Salim P.
    06/27/2019 12:44

    Wow that's progress by adults....

  • Jill L.
    06/27/2019 13:08

    Trump 2020

  • Gerald S.
    06/27/2019 13:36

    And the farmer shovelled another load away.All Americans, until you see what theyve allowed to infiltrate their Party and how those same people wantenly want to destroy what the Boston Tea Party was all well as Valley Forge,and any history of the United States which forged it as the most powerful Nation over the years.

  • Gennaro D.
    06/27/2019 13:59

    Braindead liberals

  • James H.
    06/27/2019 14:18

    Listening to these people TRUMP gets another tùrm

  • Dale W.
    06/27/2019 14:39

    Blah blah blah

  • Mary P.
    06/27/2019 14:58

    ALL I HEAR IS,,,, ME,ME,ME,ME,ME..🤔🤨🙄

  • Zakaria M.
    06/27/2019 15:15

    Only immigrants in this party 🤔

  • Jeremy P.
    06/27/2019 15:26

    All they said last night was they were going to raise taxes and give my money to other people. Never going to vote for them.

  • Tom L.
    06/27/2019 15:51

    I watched it with an open mine. You can all ready see the set up by the fake host. Thay where not fair thay asked no hard questions. There was no policy from the candidates. All thay take about was free free free it's the same B.S it's sad. The bald head man seemed to make sense. But if got little time. So far it's Trump 2020.