Lineup set for each night of first 2020 debate

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Published on June 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s

Lineup set for each night of first 2020 debate

U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden will appear on the same stage with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and six other rivals during the second of two nights of candidate debates scheduled for later this month in Miami.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Lineup set for each night of first 2020 debate

Nbc News on Friday announced which Democrats will take the stage each night of the first debate.

Elizabeth Warren will share the stage with Beto O'rourke and Cory Booker the first night - making Warren the only top tier candidate on that night… That means the Massachusetts Senator won't get a chance to go up against the front runner: Joe Biden.

The former VP will instead share the stage with Senator Bernie Sanders and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the second night.

The lineups came one day after the Democratic National Committee announced who made the cut.

And laid out some rules to narrow down the debate to 20 candidates.

For example candidates -must have won a minimum of 1 percent support in three polls and donations from at least 65,000 people including 200 donors in 20 separate states.

All this sparked some criticism within the party.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) REUTERS U.S. ELECTION REPORTER GINGER GIBSON SAYING: "It was meant to keep out some of the long-shot fringe candidates, the ones who don't really stand much of a chance and was thought that a big debate stage would allow some of the lesser-known maybe office holders like a governor to get some name recognition.

And it seems the opposite has happened." To decide the matchups - the host - NBC - said candidates names were drawn randomly in a lottery and one representative of each of the qualifying campaigns was invited to attend the draw along with officials from the DNC.

The debates will take place in Miami later this month.

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