For the first time, the two Democratic frontrunners — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — will be on center stage together at the next Democrat debate on Thursday evening in Houston, Texas.
ABC News released the podium order on Monday evening, with “the highest polling candidates near the center”:
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
Warren has thus far avoided appearing on the same stage as Biden, and was placed instead on the first night of the first two debates — as the lone first-tier candidate on the first night in Miami, Florida; then alongside Sanders on the first night in Detroit, Michigan. (Alternatively, Biden has avoided appearing with Warren, who some pundits consider the most serious threat to Biden’s national lead.)
On Thursday, Biden will also be flanked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is the other major frontrunner.
The debate will be held at Texas Southern University, a public, historically black university. It will air on ABC and on Univision (with translation in Spanish) from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, and will also appear on the network’s other platforms and live streams.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.