Democrats get two chances this week to catch the presidential debates along with like-minded folk.
Florida Democrats are hosting watch parties in St. Pete for both Tuesday and Wednesday night’s debates and in Tampa for Wednesday’s only.
A watch party for both debates will be at the Pinellas Democratic Party headquarters located at 2250 First Avenue North in St. Pete.
Another party is scheduled at Glory Days Grill at 1447 Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa on Wednesday.
Both events are from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
The progressive group For Our Future is hosting another event at the Iberian Rooster in downtown St. Pete along with NextGen Florida and Indivisible FL-13. That event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday night only.
For the first time, progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will appear on the debate stage together. Warren did not run in 2016 and performed during the first debate on a different day than Sanders.
Through coincidence only, all of the first night participants are white.
Presumptive front-runner Joe Biden will take the stage Wednesday night where he’ll face, among others, Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The first night debate includes, in order of their placement on stage from left to right, spiritualist Marianne Williamson, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sanders, Warren, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Congressman John Delaney and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
The Wednesday lineup includes Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Biden, Booker, former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Gillibrand, Harris, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and businessman Andrew Yang.
Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak and billionaire investor Tom Steyer appeared in the first debates but did not make the cut for the second. The CNN-hosted debate required candidates to have at least 1 percent support in the polls and at least 65,000 contributions from individual donors including 200 each from 20 states.
The debate will be broadcast live on CNN and the company’s website. Livestreams on the website are available without a cable subscription.