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Less than 8 months until New Hampshire votes

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FILE - In this April 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse. It’s an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
The Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is shown, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. The Democratic Presidential Debates are scheduled to take place June 26 and 27, with 10 candidates competing each night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about New York City budget priorities during a news conference at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio says he will announce in May 2019 whether he will join the growing list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
2020 Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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