What to Watch for in the 3rd Presidential Debate

Candidates at the Third Democratic Presidential debate 2019

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It's particularly noteworthy that this is the first time Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will be onstage together.

Moderators at the third Democratic presidential debate are David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC's "World News Tonight", George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor of ABC News, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

In terms of format, the candidates will have an opportunity to deliver opening statements.

The debate will air on a broadcast network with a post-Labor Day uptick in interest in the race, nearly certainly giving the candidates their largest single audience yet. The streaming channel is available on the ABCNews.com, Good Morning America and FiveThirtyEight websites and mobile phone apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, Facebook Watch, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Apple News, and Twitter.

Former Vice President Joe Biden released a video touting the achievements of the Obama administration and showing him and the former president exchanging high-fives just hours before the third Democratic presidential debate Thursday evening.

Biden, likewise, doesn't often mention Warren or Sanders.

This poll marks one of the only times that Biden has been in jeopardy of losing his front-runner status.

The previous two Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates aired in two-night chunks on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo on June 26-27 in Miami and on CNN on July 30-31 in Detroit. So this is the first time their dueling visions for the Democratic Party's future will be contrasted onstage.

Though Klobuchar polls similarly to some candidates absent from Thursday night's debates, her donor count has helped keep her afloat, even as others have failed to qualify or dropped out entirely. Her standard campaign pitch doesn't mention Biden but is built around an assertion that the "time for small ideas is over", an implicit criticism of more moderate Democrats who want, for example, a public option health care plan instead of single-payer or who want to repeal Trump's 2017 tax cuts but not necessarily raise taxes further.

Biden, in fact, will be standing right between Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Fourteen months away from Election Day 2020, the Democratic Party primary field is narrowing as the fall debates are approaching. Sen. That could give candidates their largest audience yet as the campaigning heads into the fall. That's a longer period than Warren, and it could reach back into part of her pre-Senate career when she did legal work that included some corporate law. However, more candidates may qualify for the next debates in October. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas., have raised higher percentages of cash than Klobuchar from their home states.

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