DemDaily: Download on the 2020 Debates

January 7, 2020

We are just one week away from the first Democratic Presidential Primary Debate of 2020 and less than one month away from the kickoff of the presidential primary season.

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar & Pete Buttigieg have qualified for January debate (Image: NBCNews)

While the presidential contenders campaigned in early primary states over the holidays, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released the details of this month's debate and the schedule for the rest of the presidential year.

The January 14th debate is the seventh of twelve sanctioned by the DNC over the 2020 election cycle. In order to demonstrate broad-based support, the DNC has imposed both polling and fundraising qualifications for each debate, with rising thresholds as they progress.

This month's debate will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, 20 days before the February 3rd Iowa Caucus.

Seventh Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
DateJanuary 14, 2020, Tuesday. Time: 9:00pm
LocationDes Moines, Iowa. Drake University
CNN and The Des Moines Register. Moderators TBD
Live,, CNN, Android, Apple, Roku, and Chromecast apps.
CandidatesJoe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren
Qualifications1) Meet a 5% polling threshold in at least four separate national polls or 7% in at least two early primary state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada. Polls must be released between November 14th and 11:59pm on January 10th. and

2) Receive donations from at least 225,000 unique donors, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 US states, Territories or DC.
DeadlineQualifying polls must be released November 14, 2019 -- January 10, 2020

January 14th Debate will be the first without a candidate of color on stage (pic: DemList/Scott)

This month's debate may also land in the middle of the pending US Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The US House of Representatives, on December 18th, passed two articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It now falls on the US Senate to vote on a possible conviction and removal from office.

Five presidential contenders serve in the US Senate, three of whom have qualified for the debate. All would serve as jurors in the trial, and DNC Chairman Tom Perez has said the Party is prepared to reschedule the debate if it conflicts with the trial.


Eighth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
DateFebruary 7, 2020, Friday. Time: TBD
LocationManchester, New Hampshire. Saint Anselm College Sullivan Arena
Networks/HostABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV
Live StreamingABC News Live, Apple News, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Xumo, Facebook, Twitter
CandidatesCandidates & Qualifications TBD

Qualifying Poll Sponsors: Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Des Moines Register; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; New York Times; Nevada Independent/Mellman Group; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University.

Remaining Presidential Debates
February 19, 2020:  Ninth Democratic Primary Debate (Las Vegas, Nevada)
    Hosts:  NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent
March, 2020:  Eleventh Democratic Primary Debate (TBD)
April, 2020:  Twelfth Democratic Primary Debate (TBD)
July 13-16, 2020:  Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
September 29, 2020:  First Presidential Debate (Notre Dame, Indiana)
October 7, 2020:  Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, Utah)
October 15, 2020:  Second Presidential Debate (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
October 22, 2020:  Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, Tennessee)

November 3, 2020: Election Day

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