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What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 2

What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 2

Don't know who you're rooting for in tonight's debate? Here's a rundown.

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Tonight marks the second night of the July debates among Democratic candidates with last night's kicking off the second overall debates of familiar candidates like Bernie Sanders and Beto O' Rourke, as well as slightly less familiar candidates like Marianne Williamson. With candidates like Kamala Harris and Joe Biden leading the Democratic conversation, it's easy to forget that there are more people vying for the nomination alongside the 2020 Republican nominee.

To prep you for night 2, we've compiled a second list of Democratic candidates that features all of the candidates that will be debating tonight for your viewing pleasure. Similar to yesterday's list, here you will learn the names of the candidates, what they stand for, if they have a chance at the nomination, and ultimately whether or not they deserve your black vote*. Enjoy.

*Detailed explanations of "do they deserve your black vote" only goes towards candidates polling more than 5 percent from the Black Democratic Primary voter's poll.

July 31 Debate (Night 2)

Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman From Hawaii; Army National Guard Veteran (38)

What She Said:

"There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve."

The Rundown:

  • Supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.
  • Has drawn condemnation for meeting with Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
  • Has apologized for her history of anti-gay statements and her past work for an anti-gay advocacy group.
  • Significant Issues: Opposition to American military intervention overseas, including in countries like Syria.

Can she win the nomination? Nope.

Does She Deserve Your Black Vote?

*Gabbard has 0 percent of Black Democratic primary voters, according the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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