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Second Democrat Debate: CNN Insulates Joe Biden from Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON The nation will once again hear from 20 Democratic presidential candidates later this month WASHINGTON The nation will once again hear from 20 Democratic presidential candidates later this month
Gustavo Carr | 19 July, 2019, 07:56

Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen.

The debates were matched so that the four top-polling candidates could be spread evenly across two nights, avoiding the "first tier" and "second tier" situation Republicans faced in 2016. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. The last such debate lottery, hosted by NBC News, had been held off-screen. That will make for odd optics on Night One and also potentially creates a hard position for Biden, given the exchange over school integration in the first debate.

On Tuesday, July 30, the debate stage will have Sen. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; and author Marianne Williamson. The network divided the candidates into three buckets and drew participants from each - the four top-tier candidates (Biden, Harris, Sanders and Warren); mid-range hopefuls (Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, O'Rourke and Yang); and candidates who are mired near the bottom (Bennet, Bullock, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Ryan and Williamson).

But for Biden, it could be an opportunity to make a strong showing after a shaky first debate performance.

CNN finally revealed the lineups for its upcoming Democratic debates, but the elaborate primetime special is already proving unpopular with voters.

Only 20 candidates in the large primary field will debate on stage over the two nights, a cap previously set by the DNC.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is in the middle as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Both seem to be relishing their ongoing clash over health care, but they won't have a chance to duke it out on the debate stage and grab the headlines they both want. Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, O'Rourke and Yang made up the second tier with the rest of the candidates in the third.

The candidates who won't make the second debate are Seth Moulton, congressman from MA and Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Florida.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer - the most recent candidate to enter the race - did not make the debate. But it happened anyway in the first debate in June when all the top-polling candidates except for Warren were drawn for the same night.

Warren will be sharing the stage for the first time with two other frontrunners, Sanders and Buttigieg.

Night 2 will be televised live on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español at 5 p.m.

Candidates had until 11 a.m. ET Wednesday to certify with the DNC that they have either achieved at least 1% support in three polls from an approved list of pollsters or received campaign contributions from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors each from 20 different states.