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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)

Pete Buttigieg, Major of South Bend, Ind.; military veteran (37)

Election 2020 Pete Buttigieg, Fort Dodge, USA - 16 Apr 2019

What He Said:

"I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future."

The Rundown:

  • Began to draw national notice after delivering an essay that counseled Democrats on how to recover from their defeat in the 2016 elections.
  • Has embarked on a long-shot campaign that may test the appeal of a youthful profile over more traditional qualifications.
  • Significant Issues: Has stressed his generational identity and called for policies on issues like climate change and economic opportunity.

Can he win the nomination? Most likely not.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

*Buttigieg has 2 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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