Wait a minute, didn’t we? It’s that time again. The first debate of the Democratic presidential primary season, leading up to the 2020 election, is airing Wednesday live from Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9 to 11 p.m. ET each night.
Because theis so large, 10 contenders are debating Wednesday, with an additional 10 taking a turn Thursday.
Wednesday’s candidates are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Former Rep. John Delaney and Rep. Tim Ryan.
Follow this post as we round up the evening’s top meme-worthy moments.
Beto speaks Spanish
One of the first debate moments to stir social-media interest came early on, when former Rep. Beto O’Rourke slid between English and Spanish during his first answer. The bilingual demonstration pleased some and startled others. Some just wanted an answer in any language.
Corey Booker wasn’t about to let O’Rourke be the only Spanish-speaker on the stage. He whipped out his own language skills.
Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?
The candidates may talk a good game, but it turns out many of them remind us of other familiar faces.
Jay Inslee: An admiral in a 1995 movie
Elizabeth Warren: A Claire’s shopper
Amy Klobuchar: Auntie Amy
Cory Booker: Lex Luthor
Beto O’Rourke: Jack Skellington
Julián Castro: An NPC
Bill De Blasio: Beto’s dad
A Bitcoin investor
An Indiana Jones character
Midway through, NBC experienced a technical goof when the network’s control room neglected to turn off the mics worn by the first moderators.