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Everything You Need to Know About the Democratic Primary Debates

The lineups for the first Democratic primary debates are set

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The lineups for the first Democratic primary debates have been set. Here’s how the field of 20 breaks down over the two-night event, which will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, and broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Both debates will run from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET.

Night 1 — Wednesday, June 26th

Elizabeth Warren
Beto O’Rourke
Cory Booker
Amy Klobuchar
John Delaney
Tulsi Gabbard
Julian Castro
Tim Ryan
Bill de Blasio
Jay Inslee

Night 2 — Thursday, June 27th

Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders
Kamala Harris
Pete Buttigieg
Kirsten Gillibrand
Michael Bennet
Marianne Williamson
Eric Swalwell
Andrew Yang
John Hickenlooper

Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam and former Alaska senator Mike Gravel did not qualify. The Democratic National Committee required candidates to register at least one percent support in three independent state and national polls determined by the DNC and/or to receive at least 65,000 unique donations, including at least 200 from 20 different states. Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren, O’Rourke, Buttigieg, Yang, Gabbard, Castro, Booker, Williamson, Inslee and Klobuchar are the candidates to have satisfied both criteria.

The second debate will be held on July 30th and 31st in Detroit, Michigan, and will be broadcast live on CNN. “Detroit embodies the values and character of the Democratic Party,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. “It’s a city of grit and determination, a city that has gotten knocked down only to get back up stronger. With its diversity, its storied history, and its proud ties to the labor movement, Detroit is the perfect place for our party’s second debate.”

The debates in Miami will be moderated by Today anchor Savannah Guthrie, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Hold, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart.


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