The First Democratic Debate Has Its Moderators

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, center, answers a question as presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, right and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley listen, during the NBC, YouTube Dem... Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, center, answers a question as presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, right and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley listen, during the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. NBC moderators Lester Holt and Andrea Mitchell are at right. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) MORE LESS
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The moderators for the first Democratic debate, which starts June 26 and will air on NBC, have been announced: Savannah Guthrie of “TODAY,” Lester Holt of “NBC Nightly News,” Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press,” Rachel Maddow of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and José Diaz-Balart of “Noticias Telemundo.”

Holt will appear in both hours, joined by Guthrie and Diaz-Balart in the first hour and Maddow and Todd in the second.

In total, 20 presidential hopefuls will participate, half of them appearing each night.

To have earned a place in the debate, candidates must have garnered either 1 percent in three polls or 65,000 individual donors. The DNC has raised the bar for third debate qualifications.

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  1. other than MADDOW and -DIAZ-BALART…the others are all wimpy thumb-suckers…SAVANNAH GUTHERIE/CHUCKIE TODD??? GEEZ!

  2. Let’s get this show on the road.

    Two fronts of action - debate coverage - and investigations.

  3. What an amazing cast of partisan corporate hacks for moderators! :heart_eyes:

  4. Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd…ew.

    We’re going to end up debating how stupid these questions were rather than how the candidates performed or the substance of their answers.

  5. Same as it ever was. The whole notion of a “debate” with more than 10 people is absurd anyways.

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