Biden and Warren to take center stage in next Democratic debate

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (D-Mass.) will be center stage at the third Democratic presidential debate next month, ABC News announced Thursday. 

A podium chart released by ABC News, the organization hosting the debate, shows Biden sandwiched between the primary field’s progressive leaders, Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (I-Vt.), while Warren will stand between Biden and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Warren leads in speaking time during debate MORE (D-Calif.). 

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On Warren and Harris’s side of the stage will also be former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Warren leads in speaking time during debate Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Warren leads in speaking time during debate Democrats wrangle over whether to break up Big Tech in debate first MORE (D-N.J.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Warren leads in speaking time during debate MORE (D-Minn.) will stand on Sanders's and Biden’s side of the stage, according to the podium chart.

The podium order was determined using polling averages from the last 10 surveys approved by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The candidates with the highest averages were placed near the center of the stage. 

The debate is slated to take place in Houston on Sept. 12. Unlike the last two Democratic debates, it will be a one-night event and the candidates will be given more time on stage — three hours compared to two hours in each of the first two debates.

Eleven other candidates failed to make the cut for the Houston debate, having fallen short of the more-rigorous qualifying criteria set by the DNC. One of those candidates, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandLobbying world 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE (D-N.Y.), exited the presidential race on Wednesday once it became clear that she would not meet the debate requirements.