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Another debate about our most successful democracy will occur on July 30 and 31. This is very important. Voters will soon face an election to choose their leaders. Selection of a candidate is no ordinary thing. In a very real sense, the fate of America and the world depend on it.
In the first debate among Democratic candidates for President, it was refreshing to see competent, caring, decent people run for office. Already, the 2020 campaign has been elevated from the depths of lying, name-calling and vindictive dominance.
These debates are part of the process of winnowing aspirants for office. Who are the candidates who can unite the country around an agenda of robust democracy and shared prosperity? While authoritarians promote division and hatred, Democrats promote unity, inclusion and an agenda based on economic, social, racial and environmental justice.
The successful Democratic candidate must also attend to present dangers. This great country does not need a person who keeps children in cages at the border, coddles foreign dictators, shatters alliances with other democracies, uses the presidential office to make money, lies so consistently that lists of lies are kept on the Internet, subsidizes fossil fuels, downplays climate change and undermines democratic institutions and norms.
Watch the debates.