The University will host the sixth Democratic debate, welcoming presidential hopefuls to the Bluff. The debate will be held in Gersten Pavilion on Dec. 19.
“We welcome the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to campus, continuing LMU’s long-standing tradition of rigorous inquiry, debate, and civic engagement,” said President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. in a statement to the LMU community.
The opportunity to host the event arose when UCLA, the original host of the debate, stepped down as host due to controversy in regards to the local organized labor community, according to Politico.
The candidates that have qualified to participate in the debate include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The Democratic National Committee has heightened the qualifications to participate, according to the Los Angeles Times. The minimum amount of unique donors necessary to take the stage has increased to 200,000. Other intensified requirements include reaching at least the 4% mark in four national or early state polls or 6% in two single state polls in the early states.
Cristobal Spielmann, a sophomore environmental science major, asst. opinion editor and reporter for the Loyolan’s Election 2020 coverage, stated that he hopes the candidates will take the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to students in Westchester and LA.
“[I would like them to cover issues] like student debt, the homelessness crisis, water access and environmental problems. Even if we don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire and are a solid blue state, our voices should matter just as much to the next potential president,” said Spielmann.
In the September Democratic debate, topics that were covered included health care, foreign trade, reproductive rights and a brief discussion on climate change, according to Time Magazine.
Chloe Gorman, a sophomore English major, hopes to see the candidates tackle some feminist issues during the debate.
“I always love to hear about issues revolving [around] women’s rights and women’s health and what everyone’s plans are considering we are in a very volatile time right now,” said Gorman.
In the LMU This Week Student Express email, Snyder referred to LMU as a “destination for world leaders whose ideas confront humankind’s most challenging issues. Together, we seek to create the world we want to live in.”