Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election will continue to battle policies and compete for voters on the fourth sanctioned debate.

The debate will occur from 8-11 p.m. on Oct. 15. Twelve candidates are featured, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The debate is being held on the Otterbein campus in Ohio and broadcasted live on CNN.

The Democratic National Committee hosted three other debates so far and intends to host two later this year and six more in 2020 before May. Though the exact qualifications differ from one debate to the next, the two broad requirements needed to participate in this debate are to meet an established number of financial donors and to have at least 1% support in committee-approved voting polls. 

Holly Baggett, faculty advisor of the MSU College Democrats, said this upcoming election is the most important election America has had since the election of 1860, immediately prior to the Civil War.

“That’s not hyperbole – this is a bizarre presidency we have had, who has done all sorts of illegal, corrupt, nefarious, dangerous policies,” Baggett said.

The College Democrats said they believe Warren is ahead of everyone else, while Biden does not get any supporters.

“Warren has a buzz, and she looks very attractive in many ways to people,” Baggett said. “The larger philosophical issue is she wants to restructure everything, where someone like Biden wants more incremental reform.”

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee has not scheduled a sanctioned debate. Junior Spencer Hashagen, a member of the MSU College Republicans, explained why things were so quiet on the Republican side of the polls.

“The Republican Party doesn’t have any primary debates for one reason in my opinion,” Hashagen said. “It’s because there would be no point. Republican support of Trump is extremely high and the Republican National Committee has already voted to support Trump no matter what.”

“I think the Democratic candidate that would carry the most Trump voters over would either be Joe Biden or Andrew Yang,” Hashagen said. “Yang is offering fixes to issues that got Trump elected in the first place. I also say Joe Biden, because he has a ton of name recognition and is somewhat moderate compared to his opponents.”

The MSU College Democrats meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Strong Hall in room 304, and the College Republicans meet every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in PSU Room 313.