The presidential debate season kicked off this evening in Miami. On the first night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has passed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and moved into second place in some polls in recent weeks, is the only top-tier candidate. But she is surrounded by some skilled campaigners, including Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
They’ve all come together in a scramble to make an impression, avoid gaffes, draw contrasts and send a message. All in seven minutes or less, the estimated amount of airtime each candidate will get in the two-hour sessions.