The fifth Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by MSNBC is being held in Atlanta tonight, and with discontent among Democratic voters with the current field, it should be good theater to watch the existing field work hard to keep anymore candidates from jumping in the race.
Here are five questions we’re looking for ahead of tonight’s debate.
What’s up with that Mayor Pete momentum?: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is surging in the polls and will be just off center stage. So, what’s he going to do about it? Seriously. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have surged before but done little to keep people excited. How will Mayor Pete break that trend?
What about the people that are not there?: First we’ve got the newbies, Deval Patrick and Mike Bloomberg (kinda) who didn’t jump in soon enough to qualify. Is the field going to pass on attacking each other to jump on the stump to promote themselves? Missing tonight is Julian Castro. Will anyone else bring up age like he did last time? Probably not.
How much impeachment talk are we going to get?: Impeachment holds very little currency to this field, but we’re going to talk about it. How will they respond?
Who tries to save their campaign tonight?: Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard? What do they do to generate a jolt? And at who’s expense?
Do we finally nail down positions on health care?: Fix “Obamacare” or throw it out? Will universal health care raise taxes on the middle class? The candidates keep dancing even though the music stopped along time ago on these big questions.