Previewing the third Democratic debate

Tonight is the third debate among the Democrats running for President. Ten of the candidates will take the stage in Texas, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro and Andrew Yang.

The ten other candidates still in the race did not meet the requirements to take the stage tonight, so unlike the last two, it will not be split up into two nights. Instead, all ten of those who are polling at 2% and above will appear together for three hours.

You can most certainly expect Biden, Warren and Sanders to get the most airtime. Arguably, the race has come down to those three with Warren seeing a boost in the polls recently, with some showing her tied with the former VP.  If Bernie Sanders were to go out, most of his supporters would likely back her, sending her surging ahead of Biden, whose gaffs in recent weeks seem to be hurting his chance at the nomination.

Since they’re in Texas, it’s likely the recent mass shootings will be a hot topic of discussion where former Congressman Beto O’Rourke will try to gain some traction back in his stalling campaign. O’Rourke has been calling for gun buybacks in the wake of the El Paso and Odessa shootings, saying people who own AR and AK style rifles will have to sell them back to the government.

Can Mayor Pete overcome his swift decline in popularity? At one point, he was third in the polls and seemed to be going nowhere but up. However, after a police action shooting in his hometown of South Bend, the public has cooled to the prospect of America’s first openly gay Presidential candidate. If he doesn’t stand out tonight, it’s likely he won’t be staying in the race much longer.

How will Andrew Yang explain his universal income plan? We keep hearing about how he wants to give everyone $1,000 each month, but no concrete details on how this will work. Yang has also been vocal about climate change, recently proposing phasing out “gas guzzlers” and having the government buy them back so people can purchase electric cars.

What will the other candidates do who didn’t qualify for this debate? More specifically, how will Tulsi Gabbard factor in to the race following tonight’s debate? She’s accused the DNC of playing dirty by not allowing her to participate even though some polls showed her ahead of O’Rourke in the race.

Tonight’s debate will air on ABC tonight from 8 – 11 p.m. George Stephanopoulous, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos will moderate.

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