What number debate is this? Twelve? We have to be getting close to 10, at least. It’s seven? It’s seven. Ahem…
The seventh Democratic debate, and first of the new year, will take place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, the state whose caucus on February 3rd will set the tone for primary season. Only six candidates qualified, making this the most intimate debate to date, and the most prominent national platform yet for Tom Steyer’s tartan tie. The debate will take place against a backdrop of a foreign policy crisis with Iran and an impeachment trial scheduled to being in the Senate next week, as well as some intra-party tension between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who on Monday night accused Sanders of telling her in 2018 that a woman couldn’t win the presidency, a charge Sanders has denied.
According to a new poll from the Des Moines Register, which is co-hosting the debate with CNN, Sanders is leading the field in Iowa with 20-percent support from likely voters, followed by Warren at 17 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 16, and Joe Biden at 15. A few days after that poll was released, a Monmouth University poll found Biden with a comfortable lead in the state, a reminder that no one has any real clue what’s going to happen come caucus time early next month.
To see where the candidates stand before they step behind a podium for the seventh time, check out Rolling Stone‘s 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the debates:
How to watch the debate
The debate will take place Tuesday, January 14th at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET and be broadcast on CNN, which is co-hosting the debate the Des Moines Register. It will be live-streamed by both CNN and the Register.
The debate will be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, CNN political correspondent Abby Phillips, and Brianne Pfannenstiel of the Register.
Which candidates made the debate?
Six candidates qualified for the January debate. To qualify, candidates were required to net at least 225,000 unique donors, and to either 1) earn at least 7-percent support in at least two recognized polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, or 2) earn at least 5-percent support in at least four early-state or national polls.
Below are the seven candidates who satisfied both criteria and will appear on the debate stage on Thursday:
Which candidates didn’t make the debate?
There are six declared candidates who did not qualify for the fifth debate: Andrew Yang, Michael Bloomberg, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bennet, Deval Patrick, and John Delaney.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who also did not qualify, dropped out of the race a day before the debate. Julián Castro and Marianne Williamson are the two other candidates to have dropped out of the race since the last debate in December.
When is the next debate?
The next — of six more debates following Tuesday’s — will take place February 7th in Manchester, New Hampshire. The clown car will then travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by a stint in Charleston, South Carolina to wrap up February’s slate of podium action.