While Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, is portraying himself as the most far left candidate running, Biden characterizes his campaign as a "return to normalcy" with a more moderate Democrat approach.
Biden and Sanders have been polling as the two top contenders for the Democratic nomination since as far back as October 2018 before either candidate announced their candidacy. Kamala Harris; Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Colorado Sen.
Twenty Democrats will take the stage in prime time on June 26 and 27 in Miami ― in two groups of 10 ― as they battle to become the nominee who will challenge President Donald Trump for the White House next year. But with NBC's decision to hold the Biden/Sanders/Harris/Buttigieg group's debate Thursday night - reportedly to "maximize viewership" - there appears to be a tiered structure despite the DNC's efforts.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on the Senate floor Thursday morning, denounced the president's comments as "un-American". Much of the reaction to Trump's comments to Stephanopoulos expressed outrage and called for impeachment. "Totally appalled.
Despite that effort, Biden and Sanders will probably dominate the discussion, unless the former Vice President is capsized by Harris, the mixed-race female California Senator. Michael Bennet (D-Col.), and maybe, depending on how you assess such things, Beto O'Rourke and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Rep. Tim Ryan of OH and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
The next night's lineup has Biden, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, Hickenlooper, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado. "We're winning in Florida very big".
Sanders acknowledged on Sunday that "polls go up and polls go down" but insisted that the survey showed he was the strongest candidate to defeat Trump.
NBC will face its own test, to see if it makes compelling programming out of crowded, fractious stages on the opening nights of debate season.
Four declared candidates were omitted from the Democratic debates - Montana Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida. If the Democratic debates approach that kind of viewership, it's a real opportunity for those candidates who are not household names to introduce themselves to Americans.