How to Watch the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debate
Summer is here, and so is the first Democratic debate of the 2020 election season.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Democrats have fielded a historically large group of candidates this election cycle. To accommodate them all—or at least the top 20—in a semi-reasonable fashion, the Democratic National Committee and its broadcast partner NBC are holding this week's Miami debate over back-to-back nights, each featuring a different lineup of 10 candidates. The first debate starts at 9 pm ET on Wednesday, June 26, and then America runs it back with the second slate, again at 9 pm ET, on Thursday, June 27. Each night's debate is scheduled to last two hours.
Expect a lot of bite-sized answers about the most pressing issues facing the country during that time! According to NBC, candidates will have 60 seconds to respond to questions, and 30 seconds for follow-ups; everyone also gets a closing remark. Moderating on both nights will be NBC's Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and José Díaz-Balart.
Who's Debating Whom When?
Twenty candidates met the DNC's qualifying criteria for the first debate, a combination of polling and grassroots fundraising metrics. Each night's lineup was decided earlier this month through a random drawing. Both events will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
Wednesday night's debate will feature:
Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey
Julian Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City
John Delaney, former representative from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, representative from Hawaii
Jay Inslee, governor of Washington
Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota
Beto O'Rourke, former representative from Texas
Tim Ryan, representative from Ohio
Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts
Thursday night's debate will feature:
Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado
Joe Biden, former vice-president
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York
Kamala Harris, senator from California
John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
Eric Swalwell, representative from California
Marianne Williamson, activist
Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur
That's a lot of names!