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

Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

Q. How so?

A. Initially candidates had to meet one of two benchmarks: appeal to 65,000 donors, with at least 200 coming from 20 different states; or receive 1% or more support in three state or national polls sanctioned by the DNC.

That changed for September's matchup.

The candidates had to register support of 2% or better in at least four polls and have at least 130,000 donors, including a minimum of 400 unique donors in each of at least 20 states.

Q. 2%? You would think staffers and blood relatives would qualify a candidate!

A. Apparently not.


Q. So who's in?

A. In alphabetical order: former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing Secretary Julian Castro; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Q. Apart from fewer candidates, what's different this time?

A. Perhaps the most significant change is that all of the top-tier candidates will be together onstage for the first time, rather than sprinkled over two nights.


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