On Wednesday night, the first night of a two night debate event, featuring the 20 top Democrats running for President will take place in Miami. The debates will be broadcasted on the NBC networks and Telemundo.
Here is the line up for the first night: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Bill de Blasio, and Tim Ryan.
Here is what I’ll be looking for:
What Elizabeth Warren will do with the spotlight: The firebrand Massachusetts Senator will be front and center on Wednesday night, and she will also be the only top five polling candidate on stage. The draw was kind to Warren leaving behind a second night heavy field, but what will she do with that spotlight? If she’s smart, she’ll unload on Trump and take credit for the bringing student loan debt issue into the political conversation.
If Beto can get the rest of the country behind him: Beto lost his Senate race last year to Ted Cruz. While I’m not a fan of people failing up, he’ll try to bring the energy that made him competitive in red Texas to the rest of the country. With ten candidates on stage he won’t have a lot of time to make it happen. Still, his fans insist that the rest of the country will be in for a treat if they’re hearing him for the first time.
If Cory Booker will continue to feud with Joe Biden: Cory Booker has gotten into an ugly feud with the former Vice President, but that feud has pushed him into the news cycle (story HERE). If the moderator opens the door, does Booker chop at Biden again?
If Amy Klobuchar can be exciting: Bless her, Amy Klobuchar may be one of the most knowledgeable candidates running. She a policy wonk, and that’s okay, Barack Obama was a policy wonk, but a cool policy wonk. Amy hasn’t demonstrated the energy to inspire voters… Will that change tomorrow?
If anyone will pull a reverse Donald Trump: Donald Trump began his ascent in the polls by being a straight talking businessman, who made fun of his opponents, and didn’t care what anybody thought. There will be a candidate in the field that will try this. Who will it be?
Keep an eye on: Tulsi Gabbard, she’s got an interesting story. If told correctly, she could get a push.
New York, New York: Bill de Blasio will have to try and sell big city municipal policy to the rest of the country. It will be interesting.
Barack Obama name dropping: There will be a lot of it.