In my opinion – Coverage of the Democratic Presidential candidates and the debates has been woefully inadequate. Americans are being asked to choose the best person to be our President not the winner of the debate club. However, the debates offer the biggest stage – so they are worth watching. If you are interested in learning more about the candidates the following sources have been helpful to me   https://ballotpedia.org/Democratic_presidential_primary_debate_(September_12-13,_2019)
To qualify for the Sept 12-13 Debates, candidates poll 2% and must also provide verifiable evidence that they reached the following fundraising thresholds by Aug. 28, 2019:
  • Donations from at least 130,000 unique donors; and
  • A minimum of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

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Here is what I want to know about the Democratic candidates for president. The entire Executive Branch is the responsibility of the president. Enormous volumes of information must be analyzed, acted upon or delegated in a thoughtful timely manner. Critical decisions made daily.Does this candidate have experience as the executive of a large complex organization, business or governmental entity with bottom line responsibility?

What significant experience does this candidate have of traveling to or living in other countries? Which countries?

Has the candidate served in the military or have significant depth of knowledge concerning defense (e.g. Senator on the Defense Committee)?

Has the candidate demonstrated the ability to bring disparate groups together to negotiate, create consensus and pass legislation or get results that stand the test of time?

Does the candidate have a track record of fighting against big money interests?

Does the candidate’s platform display fiscal responsibility and respect for the American taxpayer? Does the candidate have an agenda that will appeal to the moderate Democrat, Independent or swing voter?

Ginny Bell