Are these early debates for the Democrat Party nomination overkill? Seemingly.
Candidates, pundits and voters have all voiced some form of collective complaining regarding the number of candidates who have appeared on the debate stages in the June and July debates. However, that is expected to change, and change drastically, prior to the Democrat debates for September. There will be far stricter qualifications for appearing on the stage.
According to the Democratic National Committee, the candidates who have thus far qualified are:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
The question is, who’ll be out?
BetOnline.ag has released odds for those who are expected to drop out of the race. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is favored to be the first to drop out.
So, who drops out first?
Bill De Blasio +150
John Hickenlooper +200
Michael Bennet +200
Tim Ryan +400
John Delaney +700
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) August 1, 2019
De Blasio has barely been acknowledged thus far and is more known for his controversy of handling the NYC Police Department. Not far behind are other candidates who have had a negligible impact at best in John Hickenlooper — former Governor of Colorado, and an early punching bag for Tulsi Gabbard at worst (Tim Ryan.)
Outside of a certain candidates supporters, any dropouts are expected to be a welcome measure. Despite the election being a little over a year away — the early debates provide a telltale measure on the authenticity of a candidate. Who’s really willing to go on the record and lock themselves into positions now?
A narrower debate field — and more speaking time for high impact candidates — will do that.
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