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Harris, Biden to face off again as CNN, DNC pick second debate lineups


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Candidates take the stage for the first Democratic debates of the 2020 election. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris are slated to take the stage and face each other anew on July 31, after CNN on Thursday selected the lineups for the second Democratic debate.

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will appear on the firstnight of the debate, July 30.

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The 20 candidates were divided into three tiers based on public polling and chosen live at random to balance out the two nights.

Harris and Biden clashed during the first Democratic debate over the former vice president’s past positions on racial issues, including opposition to federally mandated busing and working with segregationist senators. The pair will be standing next to each other during the second debate later this month.

Sen. Cory Booker will also be standing next to Biden on the stage, possibly setting up another clash. Biden and Booker got into a verbal confrontation over the former vice president’s comments on his interactions with segregationist senators.

On the first night of the debate, Sanders and Warren will take the center lecterns on the stage. Speaking to reporters Thursday in Iowa after the drawing, Warren said she was “delighted” by the results.

“Bernie and I have been friends for a long, long time. We’ve worked a lot of issues together,” Warren said.

Gov. Steve Bullock will participate in the debate for the first time after failing to qualify for the first round of debates in late June. He replaces Rep. EricSwalwell, who dropped out of the race last week.

The second debate will be broadcast live from Detroit by CNN.

Here is when all the candidates will take the stage:

July 30

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Gov. Steve Bullock, former Rep. John Delaney, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Tim Ryan and author Marianne Williamson.

July 31

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Sen. Michael Bennet, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Jay Inslee.

The candidates were chosen within their groups, with the first group consisting of the 10 candidates averaging less than 1 percent across three qualifying polls. The second group included the six candidates averaging between 1 and 9.9 percent, and the final four candidates made up the last group of those averaging 10 percent or more. Candidates had to secure at least 1 percent in at least one of the polls to be included, according to CNN.

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