Video: On Eve of Debates, People in Detroit Struggle to Name Democrat Presidential Candidates

Man-and-woman on the street interviews in Detroit done on the eve of this week’s two-night Democratic Party presidential debates show that even the front running candidates are not very well known among voters.

The interviews were conducted by Spectrum News reporter Lindsay Oliver and posted by Spectrum to Twitter. The debates, hosted by CNN, are airing Tuesday and Wednesday night with ten candidates each night.

In the video, Oliver holds up official photos of the candidates for people to identify. It does not go well for the candidates. However, it is not a total disaster for the Democrats as some voters do recognize more than one candidate and some know what the candidate they support looks like–even if they don’t know the candidate’s name.


Even leading candidate Joe Biden, former two-term vice president who served in the Senate for decades, goes unrecognized by a Democrat voter.

Spectrum is providing all-day coverage of the debates.

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