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Democratic debates are much-watch TV

Tonight and Wednesday evening, Americans will have another chance to hear what the 20 current candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination to run for president of the United States have to say.

Tonight, appearing at the first debate in Detroit will be: Steve Bullock, Montana governor; Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana; John Delaney, former congressman from Maryland; John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor; Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota; Beto O’Rourke, former congressman from Texas; Tim Ryan, congressman from Ohio; Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont; Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts; and Marianne Williamson, author and spiritual guru.

Wednesday, the 10 taking to the stage will be: Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado; Joe Biden, former vice president; Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey; Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary; Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City; Tulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from Hawaii; Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York; Kamala Harris, senator from California; Jay Inslee, Washington governor; and Andrew Yang, entrepreneur.

For some, this may be the final chance to show they are a viable candidate for the nomination.

But for all, it should serve as a chance to tell how they will help better the lives of American families.

As reported by The Associated Press, the Democratic National Committee has set qualifications higher to be invited to the next debates in September.

That means candidates must be prepared to deliver her/his message effectively during the time on stage tonight or Wednesday.

For viewers at home, that means it’s time to pop the popcorn and buckle up for what might prove to be a lively two evenings of American politics at its most entertaining — and its most important — juncture on the road to the 2020 Democratic nomination.