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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)

Elizabeth Warren, Senator From Massachusetts; Former Harvard professor (70)

What She Said:

"It's time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top."

The Rundown:

  • Has done some of the most extensive preparations for a presidential run.
  • Attempted to dispatch questions about her Native American heritage by releasing the results of a DNA test.
  • That effort raised questions about her readiness for a national bid.
  • Significant Issues: Income inequality and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption.

Can she win the nomination? Maybe. Although it started off a little rocky, Warren has been the breakout of the candidates and she performed well in the first presidential debate.

Does She Deserve The Black Vote?

Warren co-sponsored H.R. 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. In terms of Education and Student Debt, Warren's plan would eradicate 75% of Americans with student loan debt. She also intends to make a $50 billion investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She supports embracing community policing and demilitarizing the local police forces; she also supports banning private prisons and rewriting laws to decriminalize marijuana. Warren also wants to limit unjustified rules that make voting more difficult and wants to overturn every rule that promotes voter suppression. She supports Medicare for All and she has introduced the Ultra-Millionaire Tax bill that will place taxes on the 75,000 richest families to produce trillion that can be used to build an economy. Warren has 7 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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