LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - First the Republicans, and now the Democrats are going the be featured in a presidential debate. Another debate stage is prepped front and center for the first 2016 Democratic presidential primary debate.
And the eyes and ears of local Democratic Party chairs will be ready and waiting.
"I think it's going to be a stronger debate. It's going to be a debate that actually addresses issues that we want to hear from the candidates. We want to be able to have time actually trust the people up there on the podium," said Don Glenn, the Polk County Democratic chair.
It was an issue Glenn had with the Republican debate which featured a crowded stage of 11 candidates.
"I think with the Republican debate, it has been so scattered. You can't give people too many choices," Glenn said.
This debate will only feature five candidates: Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb. Also on standby will be an extra podium, in a picture posted by CNN, just in case Vice President Joe Biden shows up.
"It may be coming in to the bend a little too late. I'm not sure what his intentions are at this point," Glenn said.
However, there is one thing Glenn is certain about - his choice as tonight's clear front runner.
"Because of the positions that she's held with the country, her strong representation when she was in NYC as a representative, I think all of those things will prove that she is a strong opponent," Glenn said.
Among key issues expected to be discussed tonight are gun control and immigration.
Tonight's Democratic presidential debate kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on CNN and will be moderated by Anderson Cooper.