Elizabeth Warren is a being "hypocrite" for criticizing her 2020 presidential rivals for raising money from the wealthy donors that she has relied on in the past and is still benefiting from. For debate updates and analysis about the issues that matter to you, follow Spectrum News on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The debate will be held at Texas Southern University, a public, historically black university, and will air from 8 to 11 pm ET across ABC, Univision with a Spanish translation, locally on KTRK-TV, as well as embedded on this page above via YouTube. Viewers should stock up on provisions - it's slated to run for three hours.
ABC News "World News Tonight" Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir will also share duties with ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis, as well as Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos. 2% in at least four Democratic polls, either nationally or in early states, as well as 130,000 donors from at least 20 states and at least 400 in each state.
Also participating in the debate in Houston will be U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
"But to gain traction in the polls, and to generate the impression of viability that interests potential donors, most candidates need the media to give their campaigns enough news coverage so that they don't appear to be a lost cause", Noyes wrote.
The top-tier meeting at center stage has dominated the pre-event talk, yet each of the other seven candidates hopes for a breakout moment with the attention of the nation beginning to increase less than five months before the first primary votes are cast.
5 key questions for 3rd Democratic debate
Despite this, Biden is still polling more than 10 points higher than his nearest challengers, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. So the spotlight is going to be even hotter on the 10 candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate in Houston.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, author and activist Marianne Williamson, Colorado Sen. Candidates will have the opportunity to deliver opening statements, but there will be no closing statements.
Candidates will be given one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals.
"This is a crucial month for her in fundraising and debates", one Harris adviser said.
A live-stream of the debate will be available on this ABC station's website. NBCNews.com will live-blog throughout the night, offering live updates, fact checks and analysis.
The sharp bickering during the first two rounds of the debates dismayed some Democrats, who have urged the candidates to rein in their attacks and focus on laying out their own affirmative agendas. Because the threshold is the same, it further means all of the candidates debating on Thursday have already qualified for the October debate.