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"You may have candidates on the stage who have no other option but to go on the attack", said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist who worked on the presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator John Edwards. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), shakes hands with supporters after speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. What time is the debate starting and how can you watch it on TV? That ensures two nights of Democratic debates again next month. Eastern, so the debate will be three hours long.

"World News Tonight" anchor David Muir will moderate the third Democratic debate alongside ABC News colleagues George Stephanopoulos, Linsey Davis and Univision's Jorge Ramos. Debaters also had to have received contributions from 130,000 unique donors. Biden, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Warren, as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and tech investor Andrew Yang.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is fast becoming a favorite to win the Democratic nomination for president, and a new poll from NPR and the Marist Institute is providing new evidence for that surge: Warren is now the Democratic Party's most highly regarded candidate, and she earns the number two slot among all registered voters.

In late August, a Monmouth University poll put progressives Warren and Sanders ahead with 20 per cent each and Biden tailing with 19 per cent.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, author and activist Marianne Williamson, Colorado Sen. Also, ABC has decided that candidates will be allowed to make opening statements, but there will be no closing statements as there has been in previous debates.

They will have a little more time to answer questions than in the earlier debates - one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals. Given recent events, tonight's debate will include subjects like foreign policy, environmental protection, gun violence, and economic agendas.

Debate Channel: Tonight's debate will be broadcast on ABC and on Univision. NBCNews.com will live-blog throughout the night, offering live updates, fact checks and analysis.

Klobuchar has also qualified for October's debate with the necessary polls and donors. Candidates have to reach the same criteria as Thursday's debate to qualify, but the field is already looking bigger.

"For a complete junkie or someone in the business, you already have an impression of everyone", said Howard Dean, who ran for president in 2004 and later chaired the Democratic National Committee.

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