For the first time since the Democratic race for the 2020 nomination for president of the United States, there will be one debate with just 10 candidates.
Standing on the stage Thursday night from Houston will be, from left to right, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, businessman Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juan Castro.
Candidates who didn’t meet all the requirements needed to be on the stage — number of donors and 2 percent support in four Democratic National Committee – will be watching from the sidelines.
Billionaire Tom Steyer, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and author Marianne Williamson met only the donor requirements. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania didn’t meet either requirement.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have dropped out of the race.
With the three frontrunners – Biden, Warren and Sanders – on the same stage for the first time, it is a sure bet that the air at Texas Southern University in Houston will be electric.
Unfortunately, that is not one of the many prop wagers offered by BetOnline regarding what could be must-see TV for U.S. voters. It’s not going to be an MMA fight, but there is a strong chance words will fly, but not fists.
In previous debates, Harris game out gunning for Biden, who appeared flatfooted in the first debate and more spry in the second. Of course, he’s had a few gaffes since the last debate as well. With Warren jumping ahead of Sanders in a new Quinnipiac poll, it might be time for time for Sanders to turn that loud voice on her rather than the viewers.
With three mass shootings, a hurricane, the firing of National Security Adviser John Bolton, the cancelled Camp David meeting with the Taliban plus the usual hot topics of climate change, health care, immigration and the economy, viewers may need to take notes.
Expect Sanders and Warren, who are vying for the progressive vote, to challenge Biden’s moderate stance, while everyone else will fight to be heard.
At some point we’re sure we’ll miss Williamson waxing poetic about everyone needing a good long hug.
The prop menu offered by BetOnline is covers the gamut from what topics will get how much time to how many times “Dorian’ will be mentioned to will a candidate be “bleeped.’ Look Beto, a prop bet just for you!
With more than 20 bets in the offing there is money to be won and candidates try to prove they are the ones who can beat President Donald Trump in the general election more than a year from now.
Among the bets are:
How many non-facts will be said by Joe Biden?
Over 1½ non-facts -120
Under 1½ non-facts -120
How many times will “background checks” be said?
Over 5½ background checks -120
Under 5½ background checks -120
How many times will “climate change” be said?
Over 13½ climate change -120
Under 13½ climate change -120
How many times will “Dorian” be said?
Over 2½ Dorian -120
Under 2½ Dorian -120
How many times will “Russia” be said?
Over 3½ Russia -120
Under 3½ Russia -120
How many times will “socialist” be said?
Over 1½ Socialist -120
Under 1½ Socialist -120
How many times will “Trump” be said?
Over 28½ Trump -120
Under 28½ Trump -120
How many times will moderators said “time is up”?
Over 3½ time is up -120
Under 3½ time is up -120
Other bets include how many mentions of impeachment there will be, will O’Rourke speak Spanish, will a protester interrupt and how many “non facts’ will be uttered.
The ABC News-Univision debate will air at 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday and will be moderated by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Linsey Davis and Univision’s Jorge Ramos.
HOW TO WATCH
From the comfort of your couch to a free stream on your phone while at your kid’s baseball game, there are several options to hear the candidates debate the issues on Thursday.
YouTube: ABC will stream live on website.
Twitter: @DemDebatesLive will stream the debate from the moment the candidates walk out to the postmortem chatter.
Hulu With Live TV costs just $44.99 with a free trial for new customers and includes ABC in most areas.
PlayStation Vue starts at $44.99 a month and offers a 5-day free trial with ABC included.
YouTube TV is just $49.99 and includes most locals including ABC.
AT&T TV NOW starts at $50 a month. You can also get a 7-day free trial to test out the service before you pay.