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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)

Bernie Sanders, Senator From Vermont; Former Congressman (77)

What He Said:

"The only way we will win this election and create a government and an economy that works for all is with a grassroots movement — the likes of which has never been seen in American history."

The Rundown:

  • Would begin a second White House race with a more extensive organization-in-waiting than any other candidate in the Democratic primary.
  • Significant Issues: "Medicare for all," free college tuition and curtailing the influence of, as he calls them, "the billionaires."

Can he win the nomination? Unlike the 2016 Presidential election, Sanders has more competition than he could bargain for and with Warren, Harris, and Biden, it'll be difficult for him to secure the nomination. Nevertheless, he does have a chance.

Does He Deserve The Black Vote?

Sanders has stated that he is willing to sign the H.R 40 bill should the House and Senate pass the bill. He has plans to eradicate the student loan debts of millions of students, but there has yet to be a detailed plan of how to implement this proposed bill. He supports major police department reform. He supports ending the war on drugs and legalizing marijuana. He also wants to eliminate private prisons and cash bail. Sanders also wants to end housing discrimination and raise the minimum wage. He wants to restore the Voting Rights Act and end voter suppression and Gerrymandering. Sanders is also known for wanting to implement the Medicare for All bill and Enacting the Green New Deal. Sanders has 21 percent of black Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Morning Consult weekly tracking poll.

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