Here’s Everything We Know So Far About The Democratic Debates


‘Tis the season for the whole horde of presidential hopefuls to meet on the debate stage and use their few allotted minutes to try to sell the American people on their candidacy.

Here’s everything we know about the debates — who’s in them, what it will take for others to get in, the format, the moderators — so far.


The First Debate

June 26 and 27 in Miami, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET

Who’s hosting it? NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo

Who’s moderating? Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd and José Diaz-Balart

Format? Each night will be a two-hour affair featuring 10 candidates — so, 20 candidates across two nights.

Qualifications? Earning at least one percent in three national or early-state polls from January 1 to two weeks before the debate, or getting 65,000 unique donations across 20 states with at least 200 individual donors per state.

In the case of more than 20 candidates meeting these qualifications, a candidate who met both the polling and donation criteria would have gotten preference. If that didn’t winnow the field, it would have come down to who had the higher polling average.

Who’s In? Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, motivational speaker Marianne Williamson, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).


The Second Debate

July 30 and 31 in Detroit, 8 p.m. ET

Who’s hosting it? CNN

Who’s moderating? Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper are moderating both nights

Format? Same as first

Qualifications? Same as first

Who’s In? It’s the same field as last time, except that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is taking the spot of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who suspended his campaign last week.


The Third Debate

Sept. 12 and 13, if the field justifies a second day — location TBA

Who’s hosting it? ABC and Univision

Who’s moderating? TBA

Format? TBA but the DNC is still capping it at 10 participants per night.

Qualifications? The DNC is raising the bar for the third debate. This time, candidates must meet both criteria, doubled from the first two debates: at least two percent in four qualifying polls and 130,000 individual donors (400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states).

Who’s In?

So far, Booker, Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Castro, Yang and Klobuchar have surpassed both the polling and fundraising thresholds.

The Fourth Debate (and beyond)

All we know so far about the fourth debate is that it’ll be in October. Then there will be two more in 2019 and six more in 2020, one per month until April. Some of the latter half of the debates will take place in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

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