Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in Las Vegas under the time-honored rules of presidential debating, alone, unaided, defending their candidacies with only their wits and smiles.
While it will not really be a real debate in every sense of the word, because the word describes a clash of ideas and positions, it will be a media competition to see how accurately each candidate outlines his or her talking points, and other than some excursion into originality catch them in a flip-flop or a gaffe.
This is actually another wonderful opportunity for the US electorate to determine which of them would likely prevail in an international head-of-state spelling bee, or a political version of American politicians who have that special talent.
Be prepared for the race card to be discussed because Clinton leads the pack with minority support and the rest may wish to chip away from overwhelming percentages and approval points.
Watch the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET live on CNN and CNNgo; Also, join the conversation at #DemDebate.
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