Democratic Presidential Candidates Take Centerstage This Week

Happy Hunger Games! Uh, we mean, Happy Democratic Debates! May the odds be ever in your favor.

Miami is hosting debates on Wednesday and Thursday, with 20 of the now 24 declared Democratic candidates. Each night, 10 randomly-selected candidates will debate each other over varying issues, with the ultimate goal of facing President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.

The president, who declared he is seeking re-election in Orlando, FL. last week, has said he’ll be watching the debates from the White House and may live-tweet.

“I wasn’t thinking about it, but maybe I will now,’ he said during a call-in to Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

The subjects of Trump’s potential tweets and how the debates may affect candidates’ poll numbers are among prop bets offered by BetOnline.

Candidates debating Wednesday, left to right as they’ll appear on stage are: New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Rep. Tim Ryan, former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Jay Inslee and former Rep. John Delaney.

Candidates debating Thursday, left to right as they’ll appear on stage are: self-help author Marianne Williamson, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Eric Swalwell.

The candidates who didn’t make the cut because they didn’t meet polling or fundraising thresholds are Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. Seth Moulton, Mayor Wayne Messam, and just-declared-on-Monday former Rep. Joe Sestak

The debate is scheduled to last two hours each night, which minus the time for introductions, leaves eight minutes for each candidate to make in impression. EIGHT MINUTES. That’s about how long it takes sunlight to travel from the Sun to the Earth. Or how long it takes to hard-boil a medium egg.

The top issues for Democrats according to a poll from the Morning Consult are the economy, health care and senior issues. Also a priority, women’s issues, such as abortion.

Even though former Vice President Biden, is on the debate stage Thursday, it is expected as the frontrunner he will loom large on Wednesday as well. Also, some of his remarks on the campaign trail as of late, most notably those about working with segregationist senators, make him a target for those seeking maximum impact in limited time.

Clashes that could occur: Warren & O’Rourke on Wednesday; Biden & all of them on Thursday

We’ll just have to see if any of the candidates hit with memorable quotes from past Democratic debates such as:

  • “When I hear your new ideas, I’m reminded of that ad: Where’s the beef?’ – Vice President Walter Mondale (1984)

  • “I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.’ — Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (1988)

  • “You’re likable enough, Hillary. No doubt about it.’ Sen. Barack Obama (2008)

  • “I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men.…I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” – Gov. Mitt Romney (2012)

The moderators are “Today’ co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, “Meet the Press’ moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and “Noticias Telemundo’ host José Diaz-Balart.

The debates air at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on NBC and MSNBC with pre-debate coverage starting at 7 p.m. on MSNBC.

Here are prop bets on the debates offered on BetOnline:

2020 Primary Debates

Number of Times Candidates Say Impeach Wed and Thurs

  • Over 2½ Impeach is Said -120

  • Under 2½ Impeach is Said -120

Our Pick: Under

Number of Times Candidates Say Trump Wed and Thurs

  • Over 20½ Times Trump is Said -120

  • Under 20½ Times Trump is Said -120

Our Pick: Under

Any Candidate to Apologize During Debate

  • Yes +500

  • No -1000

Our Pick: No

Any Candidate to Resign Before End of 2nd Debate

  • Yes +1000

  • No -2500

Our Pick: No

Donald Trump to Tweet Alfred E. Neuman

  • Yes +150

  • No -200

Our Pick: Yes

Donald Trump to Tweet Pocahontas

  • Yes -200

  • No +150

Our Pick: Yes

Donald Trump to Tweet Sleepy Joe

  • Over 1½ Sleepy Joe +100

  • Under 1½ Sleepy Joe -140

Our Pick: Yes

Total Mentions of Biden During Night 1

  • Over 2½ Biden +300

  • Under 2½ Biden -500

Our Pick: Under

Total Mentions of UBI by Andrew Yang

  • Over 1½ UBI +100

  • Under 1½ UBI -140

Our Pick: Under

President Trump Approval Rating on July 1st

  • Over 42 % -120

  • Under 42 % -120

Which Name Trump Tweets First During Wed Debate

  • Cory Booker +1000

  • Julian Castro +1200

  • Bill de Blasio +700

  • John Delaney +1400

  • Tulsi Gabbard +1000

  • Jay Inslee +800

  • Amy Klobuchar +500

  • Beto O Rourke +400

  • Tim Ryan +1200

  • Elizabeth Warren -150

Bernie Sanders Poll Position on July 1st

  • Over 13½ % -120

  • Under 13½ % -120

Beto O’Rourke Poll Position on July 1st

  • Over 6½ % -120

  • Under 6½ % -120

Elizabeth Warren Poll Position on July 1st

  • Over 7½ % -120

  • Under 7½ % -120

Joe Biden Poll Percentage on July 1st

  • Over 32½ % -120

  • Under 32½ % -120

Kamala Harris Poll Position on July 1st

  • Over 5 % -120

  • Under 5 % -120

Pete Buttigieg Poll Position on July 1st

  • Over 5 % -120

  • Under 5 % -120