Less than 8 months until New Hampshire votes
NASHUA — Medicare for all. Tuition-free college. Cancellation of $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Open borders. Citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Reparations to African-Americans. Taxpayer-funded abortions with no restrictions. Direct monthly cash payments of $1,000 to every American.
These are but some of the ideas the 25 (as of Tuesday) 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are discussing as they jostle for position for the right to challenge President Donald Trump next year.
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11. However, Secretary of State William Gardner has said he reserves the right to schedule it for an earlier date, if he deems doing so beneficial for the Granite State.
The first of two debates, with each featuring 10 candidates who qualified, is set for 9 p.m. tonight on NBC News. The second, with 10 additional candidates, is slated to air at 9 p.m. Thursday, also on NBC.
Candidates qualified for the debate be either reaching either reaching 1% support in national polls, or by gaining 65,000 campaign donors.
Five announced Democratic candidates did not qualify for the first round of debates. They are:
• Steve Bullock of Montana
• Mike Gravel of Alaska
• Wayne Messam of Florida
• Seth Moulton of Massachusetts
• Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania