The ten leading Democratic presidential candidates will finally be on a debate stage in Houston on Thursday night. The three-hour showdown is the first time that Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren appear on the same stage. (September 11)

WASHINGTON – Ten Candidates. One night. And five questions that the democratic debate on Thursday can answer to an ever-accelerating presidential race.

For the first time ever, Joe Biden, the constant leader of the field, arrives on stage with his fastest-growing rival Elizabeth Warren. On Biden's other side will be Bernie Sanders, the last candidate in the trio to form the top tier. Seven other contenders, scoring single-digit national and statewide polls, will also be on stage, trying to master the eloquence or use the fistuffs, which could give them both attention and, as they hope, traction.

Half of the 20 candidates who have qualified for the first two rounds of discussion mean that the debate can take place one evening instead of two days – and the clock is ticking. In five months, the Caucuses in Iowa will open a nomination sprint to challenge President Donald Trump's second term mandate.

We can learn from the Houston debate:

1. Is Biden a fragile top candidate?

Democratic presidential candidate and Former Vice President Joe Biden welcomes supporters during a campaign meeting at Keene State College in Keene, NH, on Saturday, August 24, 2019. (Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP)

Former Vice President Joe Biden has demonstrated some of the same qualities he used in his two previous presidential applications in 1988 and 2008 including a talkative style and tendency for gaffes. In contrast to these campaigns, this has not undermined his support. Supported by the argument that he is the one to best defeat Trump, Biden remains at the forefront of the democratic field.


Even some of Biden's supporters, including a top New Hampshire fan, fear that he's a fragile leader he needs to be more energetic and make his answers less cumbersome. In a telephone conversation with reporters last week, high-ranking Biden campaigners argued that the Iowa caucuses were not a "must-have" for him – which was not exactly an expression of trust. Massachusetts Sen. Warren has attracted larger and more enthusiastic crowds in the election campaign.

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For Biden, the debate on Thursday will be more than every other candidate will be a test: of his ability to give clear answers, respond to probable attacks, and demonstrate energy through the duration of a forum that lasts three hours.

. 2 How will mass shootings affect the debate?

Since the Democratic debate six weeks ago, nine people who enjoyed the evening in an entertainment district were killed in mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio. 22 people shopping on a Walmart were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas; At a mass shooting near Odessa, Texas, seven passersby were killed.

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This spiral of violence catalyzed the debate over proposals widely endorsed by the Americans to extend the background checks on gun buyers and enact so-called red flag laws, which enabled law enforcement agencies to take action to take action against suspects to think about violence. It has also sparked a more controversial discussion over compulsory "repurchases" of offensive weapons that criticize opponents of the proposal as a seizure of weapons in violation of rights contained in the Second Amendment

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Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke from El Paso has made gun violence his signature issue and demanded a mandatory repurchase program and licensing for all firearms. Biden, Sanders and Warren have only approved a voluntary buyback program.

"We have enough uplift here," warned Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

. 3 How long can Warren and Sander's friends be?

Sens. Vermont-based Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts-based Elizabeth Warren represent the extreme left of the Democratic Party. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Vermont Sen. Sanders and Warren are more than just New England's neighbors. They are also the two most liberal in the field of Democrats. Their approval of far-reaching proposals such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal is in contrast to Biden's rather centrist approach. Everyone wants to be the alternative to the left of the former vice president.

Nonetheless, Sanders and Warren denied the opportunity to criticize each other when they stood side by side on the stage during the July debate, and they did not make shots on the stump. This non-aggression pact is likely to be burdened by the need to differentiate one another.

At the moment, they seem more likely to compete against Biden. Warren criticized positions that Biden found to be too enterprising at the expense of consumers, including a bankruptcy petition he supported in 2005.

This debate will be her first opportunity to personally show him this fight campaign.

. 4 Is the lightning striking?

In the first debate in June, Californian Senator Kamala Harris achieved the viral moment of the evening in an emotional exchange with Biden about his political record – and her personal experiences – with the school bus. This sparked interest in her campaign until she was not so sure in the second debate, which attacked her own record as a former California Attorney General.

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In a preview of their debate strategy, spokesman Ian Sams said, "Kamala will directly defeat Donald Trump" – not really the kind of suprise attitude that could make headlines in one democratic debate in which the Republican president is unlikely to have any defenders.

She will have competition for the spotlight. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, Buttigieg and O & Rourke are also hoping for a breakthrough that will help them move from the second tier to the first.

. 5 Who is Andrew Yang?

The democratic field is still great, but it is smaller than it was. Since the last debate, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper have dropped out. Prominent Democrats who are still running – including the MP from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, the Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, the Senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and the Ohio MP, Tim Ryan – did not reach the survey and funding threshold Qualify for this debate.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer did not lead this debate, but met the conditions for the next in October.

Andrew Yang will be on stage on Thursday.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang buys lemonade for some of his associates and supporters during the Iowa State Fair on 9 August 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

Andrew Yang?

He was never elected to office. in fact, he has never run for office. But the 44-year-old entrepreneur who founded the nonprofit company for America made a big splash with his proposals to provide every American with a "universal basic income" of $ 1,000 a month and to focus on automation of jobs.

He seems to be the candidate who has the most fun. Experience the video of him at an Asian-American political forum in Costa Mesa, California, on Sunday crowdsurfing.

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