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The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
The Democratic Debates Could Be a Mad Dash for Relevance
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe Democratic presidential primary debates this week are poised to become mad-dash attempts by the respective candidates to condense the most policy points, biographical details, and political jabs into an incredibly finite period of time. 

That, at least, is what the campaigns are prepping for as they take the stage in Miami over the course of two evenings in what will be the first time they square off with each other. The realities of television and an immensely crowded primary field have made it virtually impossible for an actual exchange of ideas to be had. And so aides and advisers are preparing for a free-for-all, in which the candidates are competing for the most important commodity in politics: the chance to actually be heard. 

"With this number of candidates on the stage, they really are not debates," said Matt Butler, a Democratic operative who served as deputy campaign manager to former Sen. Chris Dodd's 2008 presidential campaign. "Not everyone is going to get equal time. So you really have to figure out the one or two points you want to make. And if you get the opportunity to get a good line in you have to take it. You cannot wait." 

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