Democrats take the stage in first of 2 presidential debates in Miami


MIAMI (WFLA) – (6/27/19) In Downtown Miami at the Arsht Center, the stage is set for the 20 men and women vying to be the Democratic Presidential nominee, to lay out their cases for America.

The first Democratic Presidential Primary Debates of the 2020 election cycle will take place Wednesday and Thursday night.

The debates will be held over two nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Here’s the lineup for both nights:

Wednesday Night:

Elizabeth Warren
Cory Booker 
Julián Castro 
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O’Rourke
Tulsi Gabbard
Jay Inslee
Bill de Blasio
Tim Ryan
Thursday night:

Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders
Kamala Harris
Pete Buttigieg
Kirsten Gillibrand
Michael Bennet
John Hickenlooper
Eric Swalwell
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang
The Florida Democratic Party believes this will be a perfect opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates some important issues.

“I think this is a very good opportunity to present their platforms to voters. Yes we have 20 candidates, they have the same positions on some issues, but they also have different policies, different ideas that they’re bringing to the voters. So this will be a very good opportunity for the voters to see what they’re proposing and to inform and get as much information as they can on where they stand,”  said Luisana Fernandez, Hispanic Media Press Secretary for the Florida Democratic Party.

Picking Florida for the first debate makes sense. The state has always been battleground in elections. This election cycle, is no different.

“This is a state where we’ve gained so much momentum with Democratic voters, who came really close with (Andrew) Gillum and others we feel like we can build on that,” said Adrienne Watson, Deputy Communications Director for the DNC.

Political analysts tell News Channel 8, there are a lot of important to issues Florida democratic voters want to hear about:

Guns/School safety
Healthcare costs
Election security/Voter suppression
Reproductive rights
LGTBQ rights
Criminal justice reform  

“I think we’re gonna hear a lot about climate change. We’ve been talking about it. It’s important for Floridians. We know that Florida is ground zero, so we are expecting the candidates to talk a lot about that issue,” said Fernandez.

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