This is one of our ongoing, loosely structured community conversations about daily news with thousands of replies. There is no need to read the entire archive for context. If you are new you can skip to the end and join in the discussion of current events as they happen. However, it is always a good idea to spend at least a few minutes reading first to get a feel for the community and the topic before posting.
Back in late 2018, the Democratic National Committee announced that there would be a total of 12 DNC-santioned debates leading up to the 2020 primaries. Because of the absurd number of candidates, the early debates will be spread out over two days.
The first set of debates of these was hosted by NBC and took place in late June, where it was widely acknowledged that Elizabeth Warren did very well in the first debate (the de facto undercard) and that Kamala Harris did very well in the second.
The second set of debates will be hosted by CNN and are happening at 8 PM on July 30 and 31. Like last time, there will be 10 candidates on each night. The candidate list is exactly the same, except that Steve Bullock is taking the place of Eric Swalwell.
The schedule for the next debates:
July 30: Policy discussions featuring WHITE PEOPLE
July 31: A group of minorities kill Joe Biden
Bill de Blasio
This upcoming debate may be the last chance for several candidates to try to gain traction, as the criteria for inclusion in the third debate are much more stringent (at least 2% support in three major polls AND 130,000 unique donations, including at least 400 donations in each of 20 states).