Last week the Democratic National Committee, the formal governing body for the Democratic Party, announced who made the first round of debates, a two-day event with intra-party politics that go beyond the competing vision each primary candidate has for the country and party. Out of the current top five front runners who include, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg, Warren will be the only major candidate to not face her closest competitors. Some Democratic strategists see that as a disadvantage for Warren who losses an opportunity to prove herself against more formidable opponents.
With the most crowded primary field in presidential history, the DNC has limited the number of candidates who can debate on stage. For a crowded field, the opportunity to be broadcasted nationally is a must, particularly for some of the less well-known candidates.
To qualify for the first two rounds of debates, candidates must be polling at 1 percent
or higher in three polls preapproved by the DNC between January 1st, 2019 and two weeks before each debate. Candidates can also qualify for the debates through fundraising. If candidates raise 65,000 unique donations from 200 different donors in at least 20 states, then they also qualify for the debates. The qualifications for the third and fourth round of debates in the fall are more stringent than the first two rounds.