Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Tonight's Democratic Debate: MichaelAngelo Makes Demands!! | Armstrong and Getty

Tonight's Democratic Debate: MichaelAngelo Makes Demands!! | Armstrong and Getty

Frontrunner Joe Biden goes head-to-head for the first time Thursday night with Elizabeth Warren, his fast-rising rival for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, in a three-hour debate seen as a tough test of the 76-year-old's stamina.

In highlighting Harris's struggles since the second televised debate, Politico obtained an internal memo and talking points from her campaign, which apparently was left behind at a New Hampshire restaurant by her campaign staffers. The October debates will be October 15 and 16.

Sen. Cory Booker and former Hud Secretary Julian Castro are in a similar boat having barely made the cut alongside Klobuchar. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is one such candidate who has qualified for the televised fall debate, but who has struggled to stay relevant during the summer. Candidates have to reach the same criteria as Thursday's debate to qualify, but the field is already looking bigger. Also, ABC has decided that candidates will be allowed to make opening statements, but there will be no closing statements as there has been in previous debates.

Most voters of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, irrespective of the candidate they supported, perceived Mr. Biden as having the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, the report found.

Biden has held his front-runner status in opinion polls since he entered the Democratic nominating race in April, with Warren and Sanders battling for second behind him.

ABC News will also livestream the debate beginning at 7 PM ET on its 24/7 digital site ABC News Live as well as ABC.com and the ABC app. Univision News will also livestream the debate on its digital platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Periscope. 2% in at least four Democratic polls, either nationally or in early states, as well as 130,000 donors from at least 20 states and at least 400 in each state.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Tulsi Gabbard, for example, just needs two more qualifying polls.

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