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The Democratic presidential debate drinking game you didn't know you needed

Make the Democratic Presidential debates a little more

Make the Democratic Presidential debates a little more interesting with amNewYork's drinking game. Photo Credit: Neville Harvey

The second round of Democratic presidential debates is right around the corner, and we know how to make them a little more interesting.

Twenty qualifying candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination will face off over two days next week. The field of 2020 hopefuls is so large that the event was split, with 10 candidates debating on July 30 and the other 10 squaring off on July 31.

Both debates, taking place in Detroit, will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on CNN and CNN en Español. They will stream online via multiple digital and social platforms, including CNN.com and the network's mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Whether you’re hosting friends or hanging at a bar, have some fun with this debate drinking game.

Presidential debate, night one

Who’s on stage: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts; Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; Gov. Steve Bullock, of Montana; Rep. Tim Ryan, of Ohio; former Gov. John Hickenlooper, of Colorado; former Rep. John Delaney, of Maryland; author Marianne Williamson; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota; Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana; former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, of Texas.

Take a drink if:

  • Warren says, "I have a plan for that." 
  • A candidate turns a question on policy into an attack on President Donald Trump.
  • Bullock jokes about not making it into the first debate.
  • A candidate loses time for constantly disrupting the debate flow.
  • Klobuchar mentions the Midwest.
  • A moderator or candidate refers to O’Rourke as Robert (his actual first name).
  • A candidate defends "The Squad" against attacks by Trump.
  • You have to Google who a candidate is.
  • A candidate dances around whether they're in favor of impeaching Trump.
  • A moderator or candidate jokes about pronouncing (or mispronounces) "Buttigieg."

Presidential debate, night two

Who’s on stage: Former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Kamala Harris, of California; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York; Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey; Mayor Bill de Blasio, of New York City; Sen. Michael Bennet, of Colorado; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; Gov. Jay Inslee, of Washington; former Housing Sec. Julián Castro.

Take a drink if:

  • De Blasio mentions he's the mayor of the "safest big city in America."
  • Gabbard references her service in the United States Army.
  • You have to Google who a candidate is.
  • A candidate defends "The Squad" against attacks by Trump.
  • Gillibrand touts her record on women's reproductive rights.
  • A candidate loses time for constantly disrupting the debate flow.
  • Biden says "folks."
  • A candidate turns a question on policy into an attack on Trump.
  • Castro mentions he was the first candidate to say Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló should resign.
  • A candidate dances around whether they're in favor of impeaching Trump.

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