Dem Debate: 7 Candidates Face Off One Day After Trump Impeachment

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By , KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Seven Democratic candidates take to the stage tonight at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California for the latest presidential debate. The sixth democratic debate comes one day after the House voted for President Trump to be impeached.

It's going ahead after a rapid settlement to a union dispute on campus with all the candidates vowing they would not cross picket lines.

The debate was originally scheduled to be held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, but it was moved to LMU. The labor dispute involved AFSCME Local 3299, a union representing more than 25,000 University of California service and patient technical care workers.

The highest-polling candidates will be given center positions on stage, meaning the left-to-right order of the candidates will be Yang, Buttigieg, Warren, Biden, Sanders, Klobuchar and Steyer.

Democratic strategist Mike Lux tells KNX that he hopes there will be more focus on economic issues than in previous debates.

The candidates who qualified for this debate are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, environmental activist Tom Steyer, and businessman Andrew Yang. 

The venue of the debate has already been moved from UCLA because of protests over a long-running union dispute at that campus.

The debate will start at 5:00 p.m. The moderator is Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor at PBS NewsHour.

Hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, the panelists include Tim Alberta, Chief Political Correspondent, Politico, Amna Nawaz, Senior National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour, and Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour.

The debate will be carried live on PBS.org, CNN.com, and Politico.com.

Viewing parties are planned for eight sites in Los Angeles County:
   -- The Abbey, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood;
   -- Blackbird House, 10600 Virginia Ave., Culver City;
   -- Hyperion Public, 2538 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake;
   -- Revolver Video Bar, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood;
   -- The Shack, 185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey;
   -- 111 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica;
   -- 1027 Westwood Blvd., Westwood;
   -- 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista.

The party at Blackbird House is organized by the Steyer campaign, the ones at the Revolver Video Bar and The Shack by volunteers supporting Buttigieg, the one at 111 Santa Monica Blvd. by the Warren campaign and the one at 13020 Pacific Promenade by the Sanders campaign.
 

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