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What You Need To Know About The Candidates Before The Democratic Debates, Night 1

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

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The lineups for the second Democratic debate have been announced, and though it looks like it'll be another battle between top contenders Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, many voters are still confused about who the other people on the stage are. And despite Harris, Biden, Sanders, and Warren gaining traction from their first debates, and previous campaigns, many still don't know exactly what the Democratic candidates stand for.

That is until now.

For tonight's debate (July 30), we have broken down the names of the Democratic candidates, what they stand for, if they have a chance at the nomination, and if they deserve the black vote*. Bookmark this so that you'll have all of their stances written out and at your disposal. From there, you can either join the millions of Americans cheering at your TV if the candidates reaffirm your political beliefs or jeer when they change their stances for the sake of the question. 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 30 Debate (Night 1)

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, Former State Attorney General (53)

What He Said:

"We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people's voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of fair shot for everyone."

The Rundown:

  • Democratic governor of a state that Mr. Trump easily won in 2016.
  • Known as a pragmatist who was able to win Republican support for liberal priorities.
  • Came out in favor of an assault weapons ban, despite overseeing a state that prizes hunting.
  • Significant Issues: Expected to make campaign finance reform a priority, while also pushing early childhood education and other policies aimed at reducing economic inequality.

Can he win the nomination? Most likely not. He launched his campaign late and it didn't help that he was not qualified for the first presidential debate, either.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

*Bullock has 1 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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