The 411 on the September Debate Candidates

The next Democratic Debate is this Thursday, September 12th. Contra Costa NOW is breaking down the candidates’ records, paying specific attention to their stances on issues central to our cause including equal pay, immigration, paid family leave, and abortion. We’ve created an in-depth rundown of each candidates policies, public statements, and voting history.


A brief recap of each candidates’ notable moments is provided below. To read our extensive analysis download our Detailed Democratic Candidate Profiles Report.


Be sure to join us for our Debate Watch Party Thursday, September 12th at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayatte. Reserve your seat today: http://bit.ly/DebateWatchPartyNOW.



Notable Moments

Joe Biden: Passage of the Affordable Care Act; Served as Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee during Anita Hill hearings/Clarence Thomas confirmation.

Elizabeth Warren: Started the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; When the GOP blocked her nomination to run it, she ran for the Senate instead.

Bernie Sanders: Unwaveringly opposed to Hillary’s candidacy in 2016; Was one of few senators not to vote for the Iraq War.

Kamala Harris: First woman and POC to serve as California Attorney General; Second black woman to serve in US Senate.

Pete Buttigieg: The youngest mayor of a US city of 100,000 or more people at 29; The first elected executive in Indiana to come out as gay.

Beto O’Rourke: Led campaign with a historic turnout and fundraising and narrowly missed beating out Ted Cruz for Senate.

Cory Booker: Played a leading role in the push to pass the First Step Act; The first sitting Senator to ever testify against a fellow sitting Senator, Jess Sessions, at a confirmation hearing for a cabinet position.

Andrew Yang: Created Venture for America, a nonprofit fellowship program

Tulsi Gabbard: At age 21, she was the youngest woman ever elected to the state legislature.

Amy Klobuchar: Passed 100+ bills as lead Democrat

Julian Castro: The youngest member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017.

Kirsten Gillibrand: Led Democratic senators in pressuring then-Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign from office amid several sexual misconduct allegations.

Tom Steyer: Spent over $100 million to support Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterms, helping the party recapture the House; Forcefully advocating for Trump’s impeachment, further thrusting the debate onto the national stage.