Deadline: through July 31, and after – Ah, those good old innocent days of the first Democratic Presidential debates, before part of our country was telling another part to go back where they came from. But seriously folks, a few things have changed since the first set of debates, so we’ve updated our Primary Primer for you. Whether you have a favorite candidate or not, check out where the candidates stand on the big issues, and get in touch with the candidates if you want them to say more or if you don’t like what they’re saying. This is the time for us to make our voices heard, while everything is still up in the air.
What you can do:
Let’s call (or email, or tweet, or your platform of choice) the candidates on it:
Step one: Check out their positions.
Politico has this guide to the issues, searchable by candidate, issue or category. (Caveat: the site says it’s current as of July 17, but it still lists Eric Swalwell, who bowed out on July 8). You can also check the candidates’ websites to see what they say about your key issues. Scroll down to the end of this article for links to all of the candidates’ websites and social media. A tip: the easier an issue is to find on a candidate’s site, and the more detail the site devotes to it, the more important that issue is to the candidate.
Step two: Tell the candidates what you think.
To say what we all know: Candidates have been known to change their positions based on pressure. Are you pleased with the priority they’re giving your top issues and what they’re saying? Thank them. Have they failed to address an issue? Demand that they address it, and tell them what you hope they’ll say. Have they taken a position you don’t like? Tell them. Especially tell the candidates if their position, or lack of a position, makes the difference between you supporting them, opposing them, or considering supporting someone else. After all, it’s all about getting your vote!
We’ve made it easy for you to contact the candidates. Click on their names in the list below to get to their campaign websites, which have ways you can contact them; we also list their campaigns’ facebook pages and twitter accounts. And try this cool tool from Indivisible National: you record a video telling the presidential candidates what you want to hear from the debate stage, and they’ll format and subtitle it and send you a link that you can spread by email and on your social media. Tell your friends to speak up, too!
Step three: Tune in: watch the debates.
- Night 1, Tuesday, July 30, 5 PM Pacific Time: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Steve Bullock, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, & Marianne Williamson
- Night 2, Wednesday, July 31, 5 PM Pacific Time: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, & Jay Inslee
Watch the debates with us! We’re co-hosting a Big Screen Democratic Debate Watch Party from 5 to 8 PM both nights at Spats in Berkeley, along with our friends from the East Bay Activist Alliance and Berkeley Democratic Club.
Or on the first night only, Tues. July 30, watch at Everett & Jones, Jack London Square, 126 Broadway, Oakland. This event is hosted by Oakland/East Bay Coordinated GOTV (Get Out the Vote) Team, and co-hosted by Swing Left, Commit to Flip Blue, and others. Doors open at 4 PM. RSVP here but please note that RSVP’ing doesn’t guarantee you a seat. FREE.
Don’t want to go out? CNN is hosting the debates this time, and they’ll stream live on CNN.com, CNN apps for iOS and Android, and on the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV. Invite friends over and have your own debate watch party! Here’s a great resource from Indy National.
Want to watch/re-watch all or part of the first set of debates? You can see the first night here and the second night here.
Fantastic, and not-so-fantastic, candidates, and where to find them (candidates’ names are links to their campaign websites):
- Michael Bennet; facebook; twitter
- Joe Biden; facebook; twitter
- Bill de Blasio; facebook; twitter
- Cory Booker; facebook; twitter
- Steve Bullock; facebook; twitter
- Pete Buttigieg; facebook ; twitter
- Julián Castro; facebook; twitter
- John Delaney; facebook ; twitter
- Tulsi Gabbard; facebook ; twitter
- Kirsten Gillibrand; facebook; twitter
- Mike Gravel; facebook; twitter
- Kamala Harris; facebook; twitter
- John Hickenlooper; facebook; twitter
- Jay Inslee; facebook; twitter
- Amy Klobuchar; facebook; twitter
- Wayne Messam; facebook; twitter
- Seth Moulton; facebook; twitter
- Beto O’Rourke; facebook ; twitter
- Tim Ryan; facebook; twitter
- Bernie Sanders; facebook; twitter
- Joe Sestak; facebook; twitter
- Tom Steyer; facebook; twitter
- Elizabeth Warren; facebook; twitter
- Marianne Williamson; facebook; twitter
- Andrew Yang; facebook; twitter
Graphic, Lincoln – Douglas, by XKCD