Though the debate will air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 15th, the location has been moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. Biden and Sanders will hash it out without an audience in attendance, and the primary topic of discussion will inevitably be the coronavirus, and how each candidate believes the government should be handling the outbreak.
Though the timetable for the remainder of the primary is in flux, Biden holds an 890-736 delegate lead over Sanders, whose prospects to land the nomination are dwindling after dominating performances from Biden on Super Tuesday and the latest round of primaries last Tuesday. To see more about where the candidates stand before they step behind a podium for the 11th 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 Sunday, March 15th, in Washington, D.C. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET and end at around 10 p.m. ET. The debate will be co-hosted by CNN and Univision, and broadcast live on both networks.
The debate will be moderated by Dana Bash and Jake Tapper of CNN, and Ilia Calderón of Univision. Univision’s Jorge Ramos was initially scheduled to co-moderate, but he dropped out, citing concern over the coronavirus. “It was a very difficult decision but it was the right one,” said Ramos, who is asymptomatic. “Especially in times like these. Too much is at stake.”
Which candidates made the debate?
This will be the first head-to-head debate of primary season. Though Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race, the Democratic National Committee is requiring participants to have received at least 20 percent of the delegates awarded. This means only Biden and Sanders will be onstage in Washington, D.C.
Just in: The DNC announced the threshold for the next debate (March 15) and it'd be virtually impossible for Tulsi Gabbard to make it.
Candidates will need 20% of all delegates awarded thus far – she has (delegate, <1%).
Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders, alone.
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) March 6, 2020
When is the next debate?
The DNC planned to hold 12 debates over the course of primary season, which means there should be one more debate after the 11th in Washington, D.C. It’s expected to take place at some point in April, although details have yet to be announced.