The next Democrat debate on October 15th, will be the first time that it’s all happening on one night.
All of the invited candidates will be on the stage at once.
Some people are unhappy about the crowd size.
Dems are grumbling about crowded debate stage
The next Democratic presidential primary debate will likely be historic — but probably not for the reason Democrats were hoping.
The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that 12 candidates have qualified for the Oct. 15 debate in Westerville, Ohio. And unlike the previous rounds, when the stage was limited to 10 candidates, which resulted in the first two debates being split into two consecutive nights, all 12 are set to share one stage on Oct. 15.
This would make it the largest presidential primary debate ever, Republican or Democrat, according to data from Sabato’s Crystal Ball. And that could lead to organized chaos on the stage.
Invited to the debate are: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. If none of the candidates drop out between now and the debate — and Sanders participates in the debate after his recent heart procedure — it will surpass the previous record of 11 candidates on a primary debate stage, set by Republicans during the 2016 cycle…
“I don’t think it is necessarily good. I think we’re at a point [when] we’re really down to five candidates that have actual traction, and you have a lot of people auditioning for something else,” Chris Reeves, a DNC member from Kansas who is neutral in the presidential race, said. “I think it is probably the best you can make of it … [but] I feel sorry for those people who have to stand on stage and be silent for long periods of time.” Reeves said he would prefer higher thresholds to limit the number of candidates on stage.
Here’s the line-up for the stage:
— D. Edward (@UrbanProdigyFdn) October 2, 2019
That is a pretty big crowd.