Tonight’s Democratic Debate: What Time Is It and How to Watch – The New York Times, The New York Times

Tonight’s Democratic Debate: What Time Is It and How to Watch – The New York Times, The New York Times

Everything you need to know about the presidential primary debate in Houston.


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Shane Goldmacher

Reid J. Epstein

  • The debate is 8 pm to 11 pm in Houston, and you can watch it on ABC and Univision. It will also be available on streaming services.

    Ten Democratic candidates will debate: Former Vice PresidentJoseph R. Biden Jr., SenatorElizabeth Warren, SenatorBernie Sanders, SenatorKamala Harris, MayorPete Buttigieg, the entrepreneurAndrew Yang, SenatorCory Booker, former RepresentativeBeto O’Rourke, SenatorAmy Klobucharand former housing secretary (Julián Castro) .

  • The candidates will have 60 – second opening statements, followed by 60 seconds to answer questions from the four moderators: George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos. There will be no closing statements.

  • The New York Times will have extensive debate coverage, including a live analysis throughout the event by Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Astead W. Herndon, Annie Karni, Sydney Ember, all hosted by Lisa Lerer.



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Quick, name the most substantive discussion of foreign policy you have heard during the nearly 10 hours of debates so far. Struggling? Yes, foreign affairs has played a minimal role so far in the Democratic primary debates but that could change on Thursday night.

In particular, Mr. Sanders has suggested that he wants to differentiate himself on international matters from Mr. Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, especially focusing on Mr. Biden’s initial support for the Iraq War in 2003.

But there are plenty of international developments for the candidates to weigh in on:

  • President Trump’s plan to invite Taliban leaders to Camp David, before their secret Afghanistan peace talks collapsed.

  • The ouster of John Bolton, the former national security adviser.

  • The turmoil in the British Parliament over Brexit.

  • The pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank.

  • Turkey returning refugees to Syria, and refugees from the Bahamas arriving in Florida.

Like on so many matters, Mr. Biden’s long record leaves openings for his rivals to pick over. But it could also give him gravitas in the eyes of many voters, and an ability to position himself as a steady hand at a moment of turbulence.

Disagreements within the field overwhat to doon health care – the issue that most Democratic strategists believe propelled the party’s gains in the 2018 midterms – offer some of the clearest fissures in the race.

They are likely to be a major issue of debate on Thursday. One reason for that? Multiple campaigns see political advantage in highlighting their differences.

Sanders, whose campaign has adopted the “no middle ground” mantra, his uncompromising push for “Medicare for all” is almostdefinitional. Of the 10 candidates onstage, only two have unequivocally stated that they support phasing out private insurers from the American marketplace as part of their plan to implement a “Medicare for all” system: Mr. Sanders and Ms.

Advisers to other campaigns have seen that as politically treacherous – possibly ceding the party’s advantage on the issue back to the Republican Party.

Mr. Biden has portrayed his health care plan as building upon the Affordable Care Act, while positioning his pro- “Medicare for all” rivals as undermining that achievement.

As Mr. Biden said in a recent television ad, “Obamacare is personal to me. When I see the president try to tear it down, and others propose to replace it and start over, that’s personal to me, too. You’ve got to build on what we did. ”

Our colleague Zolan Kanno-Youngs had a story on Wednesday looking at theimmigration plans– or lack thereof – of the Democratic hopefuls. The story began:

One Democratic candidate would post asylum officers at the border to decide immigration cases on the spot. Others would create an entirely new court system outside the Justice Department. Some have suggested reinstating a program that would allow Central American minors to apply for refugee status in their home countries.

The Democrats running for the White House do not lack ideas on the hot-button issues of immigration and border control. But as they prepare to take the stage on Thursday for their debate in Houston, most would rather talk about the hard-line policies of the man they seek to replace, President Trump.

The candidates have disagreements: whether to repeal a statute that makes crossing the border without permission a criminal offense, for instance, and whether to provide undocumented immigrants with taxpayer-subsidized health care. And there are also a lot of unknowns about what the candidates favor in terms of who to deport and other areas of immigration that may be unpopular with some Democrats. The debate could bring additional clarity to one of the most hotly discussed and intensely felt issues facing Americans.

(The Biden-Warren showdown) years in the making.

Ever since they sparred from across a Senate hearing room in 2005, Biden and Ms. Biden Warren have represented the Democratic Party’s poles on economic policy. Now they will meet on a debate stage for the first time Thursday, an encounter that many Democrats have been eagerly awaiting.

There has been relatively little sword-crossing between the two on the campaign trail. Ms. Ms. Warren had a lone quip about Mr. Warren Biden previously being “on the side of the credit card companies.” Biden pooh-poohs Warren’s plans without mentioning her name.

But pressed by Thursday night’s moderators and, perhaps, their fellow candidates, there will be little room for Mr. Biden and Ms. Biden Warren to hide from the fight – one that Ms. Warren appears far more eager to re-enact than does Mr. Biden, whoMs. Warren told The Boston Globe in 2012, once referred to her as “that woman who cleaned my clock.”

With so much anticipation toward and attention to the Biden-Warren showdown, the big question is how long the moderators wait to tee up the confrontation. In the first two sets of debates, NBC and CNN spent the first 30 minutes focusing the candidates on health care policy. Mr. Biden and Ms. Biden Warren differ there, too, but for two candidates hoping to focus on the future, real fireworks may come when they discuss the past.

It spotlights the key candidate pairings and political dynamics onstage, assessing how the top-tier Democrats are likely to engage and how the rest of the contenders will try to find breakout moments. Read the guidehere.

Shane Goldmacher is a national political reporter and was previously the chief political correspondent for the Metro Desk. Before joining The Times, he worked at Politico, where he covered national Republican politics and the 2016 presidential campaign.@ShaneGoldmacher

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