Democrats have so many candidates that they have been separated into two groups for the first two debates. For some strange reason they have designated these two groups as orange and purple.
They claim the groups were picked randomly, but that seems suspicious. Most of the major candidates were put into one group and Elizabeth Warren was put into the other.
WPIX News reports:
First Democratic debate groups announced by NBC
The lineup for the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate has been revealed.
NBC has separated the 20 candidates into two groups.
The first group — being referred to as the purple group — will debate on Wednesday, June 26. The group consists of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
The second group — the orange group — will debate on Thursday, June 27. It features Sen. Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, author Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.
Some people think Warren was lucky it worked out this way, because she’ll avoid sparring with the other top candidates.
From Hot Air:
Dem Debate Draw: Warren Lucks Out, Avoids Bernie, Biden, Harris In Her “Group” On Night One Of The First Primary Debate
Most of the heavy hitters are lumped into the “purple” group — Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, and the Bernie/Biden ideological death match — whereas Warren’s the only top-tier candidate in the “orange” group.
Most of the rest in “orange” are asterisk candidates who’ll be more interested in introducing themselves to the public than in attacking her. The one former top-tier candidate onstage with her, Beto O’Rourke, isn’t really aiming at the same progressive constituency as she is; he’s more likely to jab at the absent Joe Biden than at Warren.
The only threat she faces potentially will come from Cory Booker, who may be desperate enough to make a splash after languishing for so long in the polls that he’ll come after her. Booker has some big policy ideas of his own, after all. Jawing with Warren might end up as his way to try to establish himself as a wonkish candidate to rival her.
Either way, it’ll be fun to watch.
In a train wreck kind of way, of course.