Democratic debate: Top 2020 contenders finally on same stage

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The candidates with the highest polling averages - Biden and Warren - will be center stage.

If nothing else, viewers will see the diversity of the modern Democratic Party.

The previous debates, in June and July, featured a dizzying 20 hopefuls over two long nights, with seven months to go before the first votes are cast in Iowa to pick the nominee.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren saw an nearly 4 percent poll jump within 10 days of the last debates, which while impressive was only a fraction of what other candidates saw after the first set of debates according to RealClearPolitics polling data. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). He not only leads the race nationally and in many state polls, but he's also extremely well liked among the Democratic base, something you'd likely never know if you only read Twitter, a point his campaign makes repeatedly. Warren held her ground, telling fellow candidates she would not go through the trouble of running for president if she was only focused on what she can not and should not be fighting for.

In fact, Mr. Rendell said, he received a "glowing, handwritten thank-you letter from her for my hard work". New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was one of the candidates directing criticism at Biden, saying the former vice president invoked Obama when it was convenient and dodged when it was not.

There are indirect avenues to chipping away at Biden's advantages, said Democratic consultant Karen Finney, who advised Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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The survey - taken September 4- 10, 2019, among 425 likely Democrat primary voters - shows the majority choosing the Vermont senator as their first choice with a commanding lead, clocking in with 29 percent support. "We'll have more people watching because it's just one night", Klobuchar told reporters.

Mr. Rendell highlighted how Ms. Warren transferred $10.4 million from her Senate reelection campaign - including money from the kinds of big donor fundraisers she criticizes on the campaign trail - into her presidential bid, giving her a head start on most of her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Some candidates say that's their preferred path.

The other candidates trailing Warren, Biden and Sanders, while all receiving lower favorable ratings, had relatively high non-response rates, indicating that their inability to achieve ratings comparable to Biden and Warren may be, in part, due to their relative obscurity. Julián Castro has previously talked about ending the criminalization of illegal border crossings and seeking more pathways to citizenship.

For O'Rourke, it will be the first debate since a massacre in his hometown of El Paso prompted him to overhaul his campaign into a forceful call for sweeping gun restrictions, complete with regular use of the F-word in cable television interviews. He's given no indication whether he'll bring that rhetorical flourish to broadcast television.