Live Video Coverage: The Democrats 2020 Presiddential Debate Round 3 from Houston. 8 p.m.

  • Only ten of the nearly twenty candidates still running for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020 have qualified for the third Presidential Debate, delivering a likely fatal blow to nearly half the field with one fell swoop. ABC announced the candidates who met their requirements to make the debate stage and also announced that the debate will only be held on one night since only ten candidates will be participating.The ten candidates that made the debate stage are:
    • Joe Biden
    • Cory Booker
    • Pete Buttigieg
    • Julián Castro
    • Kamala Harris
    • Amy Klobuchar
    • Beto O’Rourke
    • Bernie Sanders
    • Elizabeth Warren
    • Andrew Yang
    Notable candidates who didn’t qualify are Bill de Blasio, Michael Bennet, Tom Steyer, and Tulsi Gabbard.I predict that the candidates who didn’t qualify, with maybe the exception of Steyer (who has unlimited money to throw into the race), will drop out of the race in the next one to two months.I think Yang, Castro, O’Rourke, Klobuchar, Booker, and maybe Buttigieg will follow, leaving a field of Biden, Harris, Sanders, and Warren to really duke it out for the nomination.2016 showed me that literally anything can happen when it comes to politics, but if I were a betting man, I’d bet that those four will be going deep into the primary season and any one of them could realistically win the Democratic nomination in 2020.Does anyone else agree or do you think I’m too quickly and easily pushing aside candidates like O’Rourke and Buttigieg?
  •  08-29-2019  07:16:10 PMJ.K.Logic3061410I agree on the four but would add Buttigieg to the running. I don’t think he will win necessarily, but I think he can hang on to the same polling results or close to that Harris gets, enough to make the final primaries and be on the state ballots. That’s my guess is if it does come down to more than 3 on the ballots next year, it’ll be Harris and Buttigieg as the other two.I don’t think Booker or O’Rourke will have the support to qualify for the debates down the road.

The third Democratic primary debate will air on ABC and Univision on tonight, and it’s finally taking place on a single night. As you may recall the first debate in Miami along with debate 2 in Detriot were two night affairs because of the size of the field however such is not the case tonight in Houston.

This will be the first time we get to see former Vice President Joe Biden on the same stage as Senator Elizabeth Warren. It is also the first time Sen. Warren and her Progressive counterpart Sen. Bernie Sanders will share the same stage.

Things will get going tonight at 8 pm at the Health and PE Center at Texas Southern University in Houston. The entire event will be broadcast on ABC as well as streamed for free in a number of cross-platform outlets and it will also be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo. 

The ABC crew on hand to moderate the debate will be the network’s chief political anchor and host This Week (as well as Good Morning America) George Stephanopoulos, anchor of World News Tonight David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos a news anchor from Univision.

To make it to the debate stage tonight in Houston all ten candidates scored higher than 2% or more in four national polls or early-voting state polls, along with at least 130,000 unique donors.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

ABC will livestream the debate on the ABC app on iOS and Android, on, and on devices like Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV.

So, here are some of the key topics that will be discussed.

Let’s begin with Medicare for All which should be a strong contrast between Biden, Warren, Sanders. Biden represents the center-left part of the Democratic Party who wants to improve on the existing Affordable Care Act with a Medicare opt-in while Sanders, Warren, and others go all the way to a government-run healthcare system.

Climate Change, Gun Reform, the break up of Big Tech, Immigration, the Economy and other things to watch out for. But this is Biden’s chance to shine after two less than stellar performances while for Warren it is a chance to prove she, not Sanders is most electable Progressive.