The Democratic debate field is set. Beginning Wednesday, June 26, the top 20 candidates for the party’s nomination take the stage in Miami.
The first group includes: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Maryland Congressman John Delaney, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
On Thursday’s night two, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg faces former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado, California Congressman Eric Swalwell, spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Buttigieg, 37, celebrated his wedding anniversary to husband Chasten Glezman, a junior high school teacher, over the weekend. The New York Times printed this about the young gay man’s upcoming Miami moment: “Mr. Buttigieg, who has climbed out of obscurity and risen in the polls, will have a national stage to showcase his generational change argument while standing aside Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders – who are each nearly 40 years older than he is.”
The debates begin at 9 p.m. both nights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow, a lesbian, is one of five moderators.