First Democratic Presidential Debate TONIGHT!

Tonight, Democrats will officially kick off their first Presidential Debate, live from the Wynn in Las Vegas at 8:30 PM EST on CNN.  The event is co-hosted by Facebook and will also be streamed live on  Five democratic candidates will be featured in tonight’s debate, including former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, and former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee.  Vice President Joe Biden is expected to not be present, but a podium will be placed on the stage should he decide to enter the race.  The debate will be moderated by a panel of CNN news correspondents, led by Anderson Cooper. In addition to the questions posed by tonight’s panelists, candidates will respond to questions submitted by the public via social media.  You can post your questions to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #DemDebate.

For an overview of what to expect, below are several articles to prepare you for tonight’s debate!

Although fewer candidates will take the stage than in the Republican debates, tonight should be no less interesting. The candidates all boast solid records of public service, and can be expected to bring specific points of view to the debate on a range of issues. Be on the lookout for any points on education, ESEA, and music and arts!

Ronny Lau, Legislative Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, October 13, 2015. © National Association for Music Education (