MRC senior editor Rich Noyes noted that the Democratic National Committee rules state that "candidate had to receive at least 2 percent support in four qualifying polls, plus receive donations from at least 130,000 individual donors" to qualify for Thursday's debate.
Joe Biden is losing steam ahead of the third primary debates as the same amount of registered Democratic voters said in a poll released Wednesday that they would vote for Elizabeth Warren as Biden. Elizabeth Warren is a being "hypocrite" for criticizing her 2020 presidential rivals for raising money from the wealthy donors that she has relied on in the past and is still benefiting from.
Warren's primacy in the NPR poll, despite her second or third tier status in more common candidate preference polls, suggests that enthusiasm for her may be fractured among several other Democrats now running for the nomination.
After praising Warren's ideological commitments and her efforts to increase consumer protections in the financial sector, Rendell takes his fellow Democrat to task for "trying to have it both ways" by claiming independence from high-dollar donors while surreptitiously relying on them.
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ABC News will also livestream the debate beginning at 7 PM ET on its 24/7 digital site ABC News Live as well as ABC.com and the ABC app. Univision News will also livestream the debate on its digital platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.
Debate Channel: Tonight's debate will be broadcast on ABC and on Univision. Warren has gotten attention for her myriad plans, but a Biden adviser told CNN that the former vice president will likely argue in the debate that "we need more than plans". Candidates will be allowed 75 seconds for direct responses and 45 seconds for secondary responses and rebuttals, according to the network.
The fourth debate is scheduled for October 15, with a second night on the 16 if needed.
It marks the first time all the major candidates will be on one stage. Increased qualification criteria and several drop outs culled the primary field down from the 20 candidates who debated at The Fox Theatre.
How many candidates will there be? Biden, Sanders and Warren are 76, 78 and 70, respectively - hardly a contrast to the 73-year-old Trump. Biden, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Warren, as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and tech investor Andrew Yang.