Two Democratic presidential candidates with ties to the East Bay will join the second night of two much-anticipated debates on June 27-28. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, along with Kamala Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, (Swalwell is also), will be featured together in the debate on Thursday, June 28.
The second debate is seen as the more glamorous of the two since it includes four of the five candidates routinely topping the polls . Former vice-president Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Harris head the marquee in Miami for the Thursday night debate on MSNBC.
For Swalwell, who has struggled to make much of an impact since officially joining the race on April 8, the larger spotlight afforded by the debate could either overshadow him or give him an opportunity to seize the greater attention provided by the field’s top contenders.
By contrast, Wednesday night’s field of Democratic presidential candidates has significantly less star-power, although, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is believed to be surging in the polls recently, along with Sen. Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke.
In addition, to Swalwell, the debate stage on Thursday includes Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Michael Bennet, author Marianne Williamson, and universal basic-income advocate Andrew Yang.
Recently, the polls have been unkind to Swalwell and Harris. A statewide poll found Harris’s poll numbers among California primary voters was slipping, while Warren’s was rising close to Biden’s level of support in the state. Swalwell, meanwhile, suffered a bit of ignominy, failing to register any support in his home state, according to the same poll.