Democratic Debates

12:45pm | 10/15/2019 updated
Daniel Tompkins

Episode 1, The Thunderdome

Was hoping for live comments along with the NBC live stream— disabled on YouTubeđź‘Ž. Take part in the discussion below, or find the subscribe button to get an email invitation for l00sed.slack.com

Episode 2, There Can Be Only Ten?

Update: I am switching out live stream links with recorded debates after each event.

Episode 3, Qualifying Rounds

July 30th. The second round of debates will be hosted by CNN. According to a story by CBS, candidates must have either:

"65,000 donors to their campaign, with at least 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain at least 1 percent in three polls recognized as legitimate by the committee. If more than 20 candidates qualify for the debate, the DNC has said it will choose participants with a methodology that gives primacy to candidates meeting both thresholds, followed by the highest polling average, followed by the most unique donors."

Making these milestones is extremely important if the candidate is going to succeed! This is the second Democratic primary debate (of 12 total). So far, only 14 candidates have qualified in both areas. Support your chosen candidates and check back here on July 30th for live debate chat.

Episode 4, The Secret CNN Debates Pt. 2

July 31st. Debate. Detroit. But will it really happen? Who knows. The only thing that people can actually watch from the debate last night is CNN's own short clips and coverage. At least if I'd had a TV tuner when I was forced to watch the first two debates on MSNBC, I might have been able to view an official Democratic Party primary debate without paying for cable.

At LEAST MSNBC had the courtesy to upload the recorded debates to YouTube. This full coverage (embedded above) was recorded and uploaded by a public citizen of the Web. If you find links to the full debate coverage, post them below! What else is the Internet for...?

Stay tuned for the second Detroit debate coverage tonight, and invite your friends to start a discussion below.

Episode 5, Who's Left for Houston?

If ten or fewer candidates meet the DNC's criteria, the next debate will be a one-night affair— set for September 12th. I'm so thankful to the YouTube pirates who've recorded the debates and made them available to a broader public. Poor VP Biden looked so upset as his fellow candidates tore him up in the debates last night and the night prior; but he's still winning in the polls as the "most likely to take on Trump".

According to an article on the NYT website, "candidates will need to have 130,000 unique donors and register at least 2 percent support in four polls" by August 28th. So far, Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Harris, O'Rourke, Sanders, and Warren have secured a spot; but Yang, Castro, and Klobuchar are behind. ABC will be televising the Houston debates. Once again, stay tuned for livestream and invite people to the discussion below! Thanks.

Episode 6, ABC: Watch the Whole Debate for Free!?

A lot has happened since the Houston debate. Bernie is out of the hospital after suffering a heart attack. He received two stents to relieve a blocked artery, but announced that he's not giving up on his campaign.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden has been struggling to defend himself for allegedly using the power of his office to force out a Ukranian prosecutor who was investigating an oligarch linked to Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter [Biden's son] sat on the board.

President Trump, who is now (more than ever) under threat of impeachment, has been accused of using his own position as President to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens. It seems this was a move to throw shade on one of his biggest political opponents in the upcoming election.

Lastly, Democratic hopeful, Tulsi Gabbard threatened to boycott tonight's debate. She argued that the criteria set by the DNC (in order to be eligible for each debate) is arbitrary and biased; and that the debates are akin to a reality TV series. I whole-heartedly agree.

I want to say this was before she met the requirements for tonight's debate... Incidentally, she has now met the requirements, and recently Tweeted that she will in fact be participating in the debate (we'll see if the moderators ask her about this). It's good to have principles, but the reality is that skipping out on a televised debate isn't going to get you elected. Sad, but true.

Tonight's debates are again hosted by CNN, and are scheduled to begin at 8 ET. As always, I invite you to leave your comments below and watch the debate along with me. I'll be heading down to Shadyside's The Urban Tap to have a drink while I watch on their big screens!

Episode 7, CNN: The Last Supper