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In the Houston debate, surging Warren is toe-to-toe with Biden for the first time

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Frontrunner Joe Biden continues to lead in the polls but Elizabeth Warren has the gap narrowed; Peter Doocy reports from Houston.

A surging Sen. Elizabeth Warren have their first chance to confront the primary frontrunner, Joe Biden on the debate stage on Thursday, as the top 10 of the Democrats running for President square off in Houston, at a crucial moment in the race.

The former Vice President has kept its status to the primary polls, but Warren, D-Mass., has seen your numbers and the lot sizes — grow in the last few weeks. They have not appeared together on the same debate stage up to now.

The other top-tier Democratic Challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the Warren, the progressive and populist wings of the party, also in Houston.

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But much of the buzz Position in Thursday night, has to stand on the two bearers of hope in the heart: Biden and Warren.

Two great questions Position in the debate: the two candidates of the Democratic party come from very different wings, take it to each other during the across the country televised prime-time showdown? And can Warren, not faced until now, still a lot of direct criticism of top-tier candidates in debates, the heat?

Biden campaign officials preview of some of the fireworks, with the argument prior to the debate, that the field needs more than just plans: “We need to act.”

It is an implicit jab at Warren, who is known to have developed detailed action plans for a wide range of topics.

Warren and Biden subtle jabs taken at each other in the last few weeks.

“There is a lot at stake and people are afraid,” Warren stressed on the last weekend in a speech at the New Hampshire Democratic party of the annual meeting, as it referred to the urgency of the victory over President trump in the 2020 election.

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What a shot seemed to be on the Biden-who has electability an important part of his White house bid – Warren: “we can’t choose a candidate, we believe, because we are afraid.”

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Last week appeared to Biden, to aim at Warren during a high-profile climate protection forum in television on a national cable-TV, said: “plans are great, but the execution on these plans is quite another thing.”

Warren has published, a progressive policy proposal to the other during their presidential campaign and is known for his statement: “I have a plan for that.”

Asked about Biden’s comment, ” Warren told reporters: “I think we start with a plan, and then we are out of it and fight for it. For me, what being President is about is all.”

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By the luck of the draw, Biden, and Warren has not yet appeared on the same stage during the first two rounds of the consultations. For the first two rounds, the field of 20 candidates in two halves was split for the debate, the events on two consecutive nights.

But with the field shrinking and criteria, the a stage for a single-night debate Thursday, hosted all 10 candidates, the share of the cut for this matchup by ABC.

Warren has so far refrained from painting competitors in the nomination contrasts with your top. She told Fox News on Saturday that “I’m not here to criticize, the other Democrat, or anyone else’s campaign. I’m here to talk about what I’m running for President.”

Biden’s camp has signaled that he is unlikely to, result in the charges against Warren.

“Let’s be clear, there are 10 candidates on the debate stage, not two. And regardless of who is or is not attacking Joe Biden, Biden focused on his race,” a senior Biden adviser told Fox News this week.

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Democratic strategists agree. Veteran democratic strategist Zac Petkanas said before, that you “have very likely other in peace.”

Petkanas, who served as the Hillary Clinton campaign pointed out the head of the rapid response in the 2016 race, the fact that, while some in the Biden camp signals that the former Vice President can contrast the color with Warren, “I doubt very much that the candidates themselves are going to be in a tricky Situation.”

“Elizabeth Warren has added very well from a stay about the fight,” he said. “She is climbing the small engine, and build a strong Foundation for the support that are going to help her win the nomination.”

But strategic communications adviser Ben LaBolt, who served as national press Secretary for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, is not to exclude some friction between Biden and Warren.

“I think she’s signaling you ready to Trump the fight, but to compete as hard as she needs to win the primary,” he noted. “Inevitably, campaigns and the distribution of decisions. Democrats should not attack below the belt in each other or damage to any of the potential candidates irrevocably, but I expect some contrast between the candidates in this debate.”

Biden has enemy fire from his rivals on the debate stage for the last two rounds, and on Thursday night showdown, it should not be different.

“I think it’s going to pile on Joe Biden, and that makes a lot of sense,” Petkanas said. “Many of the other campaigns believe that his support is soft and movable.”

Biden was coldcocked by Sen. Kamala Harris of California in the first round at the end of June and he weathered repeated jabs from sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York who dropped out of the race in the last month – in late July the second round.

“The reality is that Joe Biden must be in the support, when we see how other candidates to increase their support,” Petkanas pointed out.

LaBolt empathized that the other candidates on Thursday have to be in the debate stage to make a choice. “You focus only on the documents relating to the case, or you will not Outdo the contrast only, but the candidate eat up the largest part of its potential share of votes?”, he said.

Warren remained unscathed in the first round of the debate, but you and Sanders faced attacks from the more centrist the lower-tier candidates about their progressive proposals – in particular, the “Medicare for all” proposal-during the second round.

With no let-up in Warren’s rise is now all tied with Sanders for second place behind Biden in almost every current survey, await you, along with Sanders, the face more criticism.

LaBolt said that “while Biden, a focus of the attacks was, the other candidates have a better shot support Warren or Sanders pull it off. How you engage with others on the stage the most interesting chess match of the evening will be.”

Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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