Twelve Democratic 2020 candidates will seal the stage in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday for the largest presidential debate in the election cycle.
The debate is expected to mark the return to the Senate campaign trail. Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack this month and has limited his once incredible campaign trip after falling ill. At the moment, the 78-year-old Vermont senator is giving a chance to try to quell the voter's concern over his health.
At the same time, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts comes to Ohio in the midst of a series of investigations that show her support is growing with probable Democratic primary voters. With his elevated status, Warren is likely to catch more fire from his fellow Democratic rivals.
But the biggest story of the debate in Ohio could revolve around how candidates talk about the fast-moving, three-week-old impeachment poll by President Donald Trump.
Here are five ways that the investigation will lead to great debate.
1) Can Joe Biden effectively fight back against Trump?
Trump's impeachment investigation was launched after a member of the intelligence community filed a whistleblower complaint that raised concerns that the president was pushing the President of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter over the younger Biden's business in the Eastern European country.
Biden has failed in Trump's attacks. Trump has pushed on the uncertain accusation that Biden, while he was vice president, pushed the Ukrainian government to postpone its supreme prosecution was to impede an investigation by Burisma Holdings and favor Hunter Biden, who served on Burma's board. No public evidence has emerged to support this claim.
In this file photo taken on September 23, 2019, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden makes a statement about Ukraine's corruption during a press conference at Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP) (Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY, AFP via Getty Images)
Several new national polls show that a majority, and in some cases a majority, Americans support the launch of a weapons survey by Trump. A Quinnipiac University study published this month found that with a margin of 48 to 42%, Americans believe "asking a foreign leader to investigate a political rival" in itself is a sufficient reason to remove a president from office.
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But the situation also seems to have prevented Biden.
With a margin of 42 to 21%, Americans say there are valid reasons to look at the behavior of Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine, according to a US TODAY / Ipsos Poll published this month.
And more Democrats say they are slightly satisfied (47%) than very satisfied (29%) with how Biden has responded to Trump's claims about him and Ukraine, according to the CBS News poll published Sunday. Eighty percent of Democratic respondents said they were slightly dissatisfied and 6% said they were very dissatisfied with Biden's response.
"No one has claimed that my son did a single thing wrong," Biden murmured to reporters after a workers' forum in Iowa Sunday. "Nobody has claimed that I did anything wrong except the lying president."
Bid's campaign assistants have complained that Trump has accused too much of the Trump allegations.
The debate offers the former vice president an excellent opportunity to make their case directly to voters as to why they should not pay attention to the noise.
2) Will democratic rivals continue to go easy on Hunter Biden's business?
It would not "It is not surprising if the CNN and New York Times moderators asked candidates whether the younger Biden's activities in Ukraine, like China, constituted a conflict of interest for the vice president. Biden played a key role in shaping of the Obama administration's policies in the two countries.
Prior to the debate, Biden has tried to blunt the issue.
The former vice president said on Sunday if he is elected president, no one in his family will have a job or have a business relationship with a foreign company or foreign government. He also gobbled up Trump for appointing his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to senior counsel.
"No one in my family will have an office in the White House, sitting at meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will actually have some business relationship with someone who is related to a foreign company or a foreign country, "s ade Biden. "Period. Period. End of story."
Biden vows no conflicts of interest: Joe Biden: & # 39; No one in my family will have an office in the White House & # 39; or be & # 39; a cabinet member "if i am president
Hunter Biden, on a statement from his lawyer, on Sunday also said he would step down from his seat on the board of a private equity firm in China at the end of this month and promised not to serve on any boards of foreign companies about his father's election.
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Prior to Biden's comments, Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar and former Rep. Beto O & # 39; Rourke all said that they would not allow their family members to sit in boards of foreign companies, but they have only allowed the mildest criticism of Bidens.
"I just don't think that children of presidents, vice-chairmen of an administration should be out and doing it," Booker offered in a recently interviewed CNN.
So far during the primary season, attacks against Biden have backfired or provided limited profits for those who have tried to take him directly.
But more than half the field hovers in the low-digit percentages in early voting and national voting. And with DNC hardening for the choices and donor thresholds to make the debate in November, a candidate on the back of the pack can see that he worries about Hunter Biden as a risk worth taking.
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3) It is more than impeachment
Candidates will try demonstrate that they can go and chew rubber at the same time.
Expects to hear candidates on talks about the importance of Congress conducting its supervisory work and moving forward with the impeachment process. But at the same time, they will all offer some version of their similar campaign platitude: This election is about more than expelling Trump.
Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Mom & # 39; s Demand Action, said it is frustrating that impeachment is saturating national media attention.
But she said she believed the Democratic candidates would be aware of staying focused on core issues, including advocates for tightening gun laws, if they hope to improve their position with female voters.
"For our question, if you look at elections, it's the number one issue for suburban women regardless of political party," Watts said in an interview.
Since Pelosi initiated the impeachment investigation, Trump has accused his Democratic opponents of using impeachment as a desperate move to try to defeat him.
Election questions show growing support for impeachment among Americans, but voters want more from their politicians, says Kelly Dietrich, president of the National Democratic Education Committee, an organization that educates Democrats on how to run for office and work with campaigns.
"You can't let impeachment take over everything," Dietrich said. "The challenge for Democrats in general is to hold Trump and Republicans accountable, but to tie it to the bread-and-butter issues that affect Americans from health care and clean air to everything that really affects daily life."
4) Tom Steyer, an early impeachment supporter, joins the stage
Steyer, the billionaire investor and representative of clean energy, will make his first debate appearance in Westerville.
He didn't jump into the race until July, but he has been pushing for legislators to begin the process of removing Trump from office since he founded the Need to Impeach group in October 2017. He has pumped millions into the project that had it individual target to remove Trump from office.
and digital ads in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Steyer has trumpeted that he was ahead of the curve among his Democratic rivals to pursue post-impeachment.
"When I requested his impeachment two years ago, Washington insiders and every presidential candidate said it was too soon," Steyer says in the early polls. "I thought then, as I do now, that doing the right thing was more important than political calculations."
Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer speaks with participants during the Blue Jamboree on October 5, 2019 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Brian Blanco, Getty Images)
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5) Candidates who are aware of the dangers of impeachment investigation
An already divided nation is in danger of more partisans as the negotiation inquiry moves.
The debate marks another opportunity for Democratic hopefuls to testify as to why they can reunite a country that Trump has proposed would end up in "civil war" if removed from office.
With Republicans contesting the Senate, the odds are long that the upper chamber, at least at this time, would convince Trump if the House votes to oppose him.
Although electoral issues show a growing US support for the impeachment process, the vast majority, 58% to 37%, believe that Trump's fate should be left to voters when they go to the general election in less than 13 months, according to an NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist survey published last week.
Candidates face a balance in their messages on the issue.
"Look, this is not something you can do with a questionnaire," South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told CNN. "This is a constitutional process to protect the presidency's integrity. It's not just about keeping Donald Trump responsible for abuse of power – it's about making sure that a future president, 10 years or a hundred years from now, looks back at that moment and draws the lesson that no one is above the law, and in that moment, public opinion comes only to follow the lead of the Constitution, rather than the other way around. "
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