The second round political debates of what will be a 12 bout vetting process to decide the best suited candidate to represent the Democratic Party in the 20/20 presidential race for the White House is nearing with a July 30 and July 31 national television broadcast from Detroit, Michigan.
Following from the first last month which polled former Vice President, Joe Biden and California Senator, Kamala Harris as the standout candidates from a field of 20 potential representatives, the next round will likely narrow the contest among challengers hoping to stop Republican President Donald Trump in his bid for a second term in office.
Harris struck a blow as one of the frontrunners when she forced the most popular Democrat to revisit his past associations with racists and segregationists and in bolstering a perception that although not racist he might be an enabler.
The Californian seemed to back her colleague into a corner, one he never imagined when she explained how she was a benefactor of the busing laws he disapproved and without it might not have been a contender.
Biden stood his ground however it seemed her argument might have cost him the tangible lead he held as the favored Democrat to beat Trump
Trump committed to another four years in the White House with a public declaration in front of a huge Orlando, Florida support base recently.
There it seemed he was already riding the victory train despite the fact 23 Democrats — the largest ever field of candidates for any political party for a primary election -- are hankering to challenge the Republican Party’s incumbent leader next year.
Twenty contenders presented proposals to oust him during two nights of televised debates recently.
Reputable senators, governors, congressional representatives, mayors and a plethora of former legislators threw in their hats to meet the challenge of beating the FOX-TV favored president who has repeatedly stated a commitment to fulfilling his promise of building a border wall and to “Make America Great Again.”
Promising everything from providing a solution to climate change, offering reforms in legislation pertaining to guns, abortion, immigration, health care and a litany of laws related to Civil and Human Rights, the Mueller investigation and an alleged collaboration with Russian President Vladimir Putin to influence the 2016 elections, Iran, North Korea, disclosure of tax papers, repudiation of a recent controversial comment to four minority, women in Congress to “go back to where you came from” despite the fact they are all Americans – will probably be amplified by the avalanche of alternative leaders facing the nation before facing the nicknamed Teflon Don.
Ten candidates are slated each night for the CNN debates.
Along with an apparent Harris/Biden focus of attention, pundits are already staking bets on a Sanders/Warren confrontation that could yield either a surge or a plunge in the candidates’ popularity polling.
The two progressive candidates are slated for first night debates along with Steve Bullock, Pete Butigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klabouchar, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, Tim Ryan and John Hickenlooper. The following evening Sens. Harris and Biden will join Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennett, Jay Inslee and Tulsi Gabbard.
Moderators Don Lemon, Jake Thapper and Dana Bash will conduct the two-hour proceedings from Detroit’s Fox Theater beginning at 9 p.m.
A recent poll revealed that if the national election was held now, former vice president Joe Biden would beat the Twitter-happy Republican by a whopping margin.
Reportedly, a 53 to 40 margin puts the senator ahead of Liberal, Maine Senator, Sanders, Massachusetts own Elizabeth Warren and a few other worthy opponents.
The president’s favorability remains static at an all-time low for a White House occupant. Regardless, his loyal MAGA supporters maintain confidence that by the 2020 election figures will exceed the base level Republicans rely for a certain victory.
From 9 pm to 11 pm pairs of contenders will present arguments in order to show credibility with viewers and party leaders.
Undoubtedly the recent decision by the president to back away from an Iran confrontation will be topical. Likewise, the week’s news-breaking Congressional hearings with Robert Mueller may dominate arguments from ambitious Democrats.
Allegations about a rape he was accused of committing and his resistance to reversing comments he made about the Central Five youths who were exonerated from charges of rape as well as the separation of children from their parents while in immigration detention will emerge.
However, the debates are intended to decide the best Democratic candidate — one who will challenge Trump in Nov. 2020 when independents and both parties vote their choice for a commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.
A third debate will be held on Sept. 12 and 13.
Viewers are asked to submit questions to add to the dialogue.
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