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What time is the Democratic debate in Houston and which candidates are on stage?

Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times on

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And then there's the perennial question of what, if anything, the rest of the candidates can do to break from the pack and launch themselves into the campaign's top tier.

Q. How can I watch the debate?

A. In addition to the broadcasts on ABC and Univision, various services will be streaming the session, including AppleTV and YouTube.

Q. I kind of liked when there were more candidates than people in the audience.

A. That's an exaggeration, but take heart. The field will expand again for round 4 next month in Ohio.

Q. Oh?

A. San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, who fell just shy of qualifying this time, made the cut for the next debate, and there's still time for others to make the stage.

Q. Woo-hoo!


A. But don't count on 20 candidates showing up. Several who were on hand in June and July, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, have left the contest, and others seem to be limping along on life support. More may be gone fromthe campaign by mid-October.

Q. At least the NFL season is underway. There's 22 on the field each play.

A. Plus more colorful uniforms and a better halftime show.

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