Democratic debate: Live updates, livestream

The second Democratic presidential primary debate begins Tuesday with 10 candidates taking the stage in Detroit.

What time: The debate begins at 8 p.m. ET, and lasts for two hours.

Who is debating Tuesday: The first night of the two-night debate will see these 10 candidates on stage at the Fox Theatre in this order from left to right:

  1. Author Marianne Williamson
  2. Rep. Tim Ryan
  3. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  4. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  5. Sen. Bernie Sanders
  6. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  7. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  8. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper
  9. Former Rep. John Delaney
  10. Gov. Steve Bullock

Livestream: The debate will stream live in its entirety without requiring log-in to a cable provider, "exclusively on CNN.com's homepage, across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV."

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Live Updates

The debate is over

10:40 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: The debate has ended. Join us here on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET for the second night of the Democratic primary debate.

The closing statements

10:30 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Here are the candidate's last words from the debate:

Williamson calls for a conversation about race and for some “radical truth-telling.”

Delaney says he is looking for “real solutions, not impossible promises.”

Ryan said he hoped he had “captured your imagination.

Hickenlooper said, “What a night. I loved it.”

Klobuchar promised to go after the pharmaceutical industry.

O’Rourke said he had a strong showing in Texas in the Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz. He favors bipartisanship, as well.

Buttigieg reminded people of his youth, saying he would be in his 40s if he were to be elected and ready to fight to reclaim the country.

Warren talked about wealth equality, noting that this election is about “who’s going to get opportunity.”

Sanders referenced a recent trip to Canada to emphasize the high cost of drugs in America.

Should college be free?

10:10 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: "I have heard some people here tonight and I wonder why you're Democrats," Williamson said as the debate moved on to free college for all. Williamson said if free school helps "people thrive" then it's good for the nation. "You think there's something wrong about using the instruments of government to help people."

Sanders pivoted to wealth inequality at every level.

Klobuchar said, “some of these plans” would cover the college costs of “wealthy kids” who don’t need the help.

Buttigieg said, “If we want to start wiping away student debt here’s where I start. I would start with the for-profit colleges that took advantage of people, especially veterans.”

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Delaney and Warren again -- this time on taxes

10 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Warren and Delaney are at it again, this time over taxing the wealthy. Warren defends her tax on the wealthiest in the country saying it would help to "start to close the wealth gap."

Delaney says Warren’s plan is “arguably unconstitutional.” He says he is in favor of the wealthy paying more taxes, but that Democrats needs to be realistic in enacting plans to do that.

Would you continue Trump's steel tariffs?

9:50 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Ryan said Trump is "on to something" when he talks about China but then says Trump "bungled the whole thing" when asked by CNN's Don Lemon on whether he would continue tariffs.

Delaney, in what seems to be a theme tonight, criticizes Warren’s trade policies. Warren says her plan would force countries to “raise their standards” before trading with the U.S.

The topic of race has come up now 

9:45 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: O'Rourke and Williamson advocate for reparations. The crowd cheers for Williamson in her explanation of why reparations are owed to the descendants of slaves.

Sanders says he is not in favor of paying money for reparations to descendants, he is in favor of rebuilding inner cities and bolstering inner-city schools.

On to climate change

9:36 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Delaney criticizes the Green New Deal, saying it is unrealistic. He supports a carbon tax. Warren, who has had the most speaking time to date, defends the Green New Deal.

Is Sanders too progressive?

9:34 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Is Sanders "too extreme?" Hickenlooper says voters won't stand for extreme progressive problems. "You might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump," Hickenlooper said.

Sanders answers by saying he is doing ok against Trump in polls in battleground states. Tim Ryan notes, “Hillary Clinton was winning in the polls, too.”

'Fairytale economics' makes an appearance

9:20 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Warren says Democrats need to find someone who will fight for them. "Democrats win when we figure out what is right and we get out there and fight for it," Warren said. "I am not afraid."

Delaney answers Warren, accusing her of supporting “fairytale economics.” Warren snaps back asking why anyone would run for president “just to talk about what we can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”

Turning the debate to gun violence

9:15 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Candidates are asked about what can be done about gun violence. Buttigieg tells a story about a young boy asking him for help on gun violence.

"We're supposed to be dealing with this so you don't have to," he said.

Klobuchar said the NRA is the problem. "As your president, I will not fold," Klobuchar says about things like universal background checks.

Bullock mentions his nephew who was shot and killed on a playground by a student in Butte, Montana. “Dark money” needs to be dealt with he said.

Williamson said the NRA has the country in a "chokehold," and chides those campaigns who have taken money from big industry.

Immigration issues come up next

8:50 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: They are on to immigration Buttigieg is asked about decriminalizing border crossings. He says illegal border crossing will still be illegal if he is elected president.

“We must be a country that every day lives our values,” Warren says. She says the decriminalization statute gave birth to the Trump administration’s policy on family separation.

“You are playing into Donald Trump’s hands,” Bullock tells Warren. He said Trump is the biggest problem when it comes to immigration. “A sane immigration system needs a sane leader,” Bullock said.

Sanders gets testy

8:44 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Delaney suggests that Sanders doesn't know some fact about the health care debate. Sanders snapped, "I wrote the damn bill."

Don't worry about Republicans

8:42 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Williamson says Medicare for all is not just a talking point. Buttigieg says it's "time to stop worrying about what the Republicans say. "Let's stand up for the right policy," Buttigieg says.

Delaney says he has a plan 

8:39 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Delaney says he is the only one on the stage who has experience with the health care business. Sanders says health care is not a business. Delaney says he plan would be universal health care, but with choices.

Republican talking point

8:36 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Sanders tells Jake Tapper that the questions about health care is a "Republican talking point."

What is Medicare for all?

8:30 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: The term "Medicare for all" has come up. Warren was asked if she supports the Medicare for all program that Sanders supports. What is it? A Medicare for all program would mean that all the citizens of the United States would get health care insurance through the government's Medicare system. Medicare, as it is now, is health care insurance for older Americans.

Warren is asked if she is for raising taxes to pay for the program. She says taxes will go up on the wealthy to pay for the program.

Anyone but Trump

8:24 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Warren says anyone on the stage tonight or tomorrow night would make a better president than Trump.

Hickenlooper goes after Warren, Sanders

8:21 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper goes after the front-running candidates "in the center of the stage" who offer unrealistic policies. He doesn't name Sanders or Warren.

Williamson pulls at patriotic strings

8:19 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Williamson harkens back to America's birth, urging viewers to support a change and a new way in the country.

Bullock takes a shot at the other candidates

8:15 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Bullock says Trump will be hard to beat, but he can do it. He scolds the candidates from the first debate for being more interested in getting air time than focusing on beating Trump.

And it begins

8 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: The debate is beginning now. The candidates are taking the stage. The national anthem is being performed by the church choir that sang "America the Beautiful."

Polling twice, but only counting it once

7:49 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: The Democratic National Committee informed Andrew Yang Tuesday that it has rejected one of the polls he submitted in an effort to qualify for the presidential primary debate set for September. Yang had told supporters via tweet Monday that he qualified for the next debate. The DNC said he could not count one of four polls submitted -- a poll done by NBC and a partner -- since he already submitted a poll that NBC had done on its own.

Tom Perez is speaking now

7:40 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, is speaking now. He is talking about Trump and his attack on Al Sharpton.
Friends, except for two hours tonight

7:26 p.m. July 30, 2019: Sanders and Warren will be on the stage standing next to each other tonight. They agree on free college through tax increases on the wealthy, canceling student loan debt, and increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The two are arguably the most liberal candidates on the stage. Can they separate themselves – philosophically – enough tonight to make an impression on voters?

Does an all-white lineup influence the conversation at this debate?

7:16 p.m. July 30, 2019: There will be no person of color on tonight's debate stage – due to the "luck of the draw, according to CNN. Will the lineup make a difference in any conversation about race?
America the Beautiful like you have never heard it

7:10 p.m. July 30, 2019: A choir is singing "America the Beautiful, and singing it beautifully.

No raising your hand, no yes-or-no questions

7 p.m. July 30, 2019: The debate begins in one hour. CNN has promised there will be no "show-of-hands" questions tonight. They have also sworn off questions that require a single-word answer.

The moderators for the night

6:45 p.m. July 30, 2019: CNN's Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper will be asking the questions at tonight's debate.

It's debate night

6:30 p.m. ET July 30, 2019: Welcome to live updates of the second Democratic presidential primary debate.

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