Democrats prepare for 2 days of presidential debates in Miami

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MIAMI (WFLA) – 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 debates will be held over two nights from 9 PM to 11 PM. 

The first Democratic Presidential Primary Debates of the 2020 election cycle will take place this week.

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:

  • Environment
  • Guns/School safety
  • Immigration
  • 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.

 You can watch the debates on Wednesday and Thursday night on News 2 and CountOn2.com.

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