What to watch for in the next DNC debate

Election 2020 Debate
From left, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Houston.
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It will be a crowded stage Tuesday night. The 12 leading Democratic presidential candidates will face off for the first time since the impeachment inquiry began. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently joined the other contenders in calling for the impeachment of President Trump. But that might not be enough for Biden to hold onto his lead. A Real Clear Politics synthesis of polls shows Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a virtual tie.

What should you expect out of the next Democratic debate, and which issues aren’t getting the attention they deserve? Tuesday morning, Kerri Miller spoke with two political scientists about how the public is viewing the crowded field.


  • Stella Rouse, professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and author of the book “Politics and Millennials.”

  • Todd Shaw, professor of political science and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina.

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