DemDaily: The Line Up and Debate Schedule

June 14, 2019

The line up for the first Democratic presidential debate has been set!

This afternoon NBC, host of the June 26th & 27th debate in Miami, Florida, released the names and order of the 20 candidates who have made the debate stage.

The Democratic National Committee sets the guidelines for the anticipated 12 official party debates over the course of the 2020 presidential cycle, six of which will be held in 2019 and six next year.

MSNBC

The debate requirements, for the first time, add a grassroots fundraising metric to the mix, in additional to the traditional polling threshold. To accommodate the large field, the debates will occur over consecutive nights in prime time, and capped at 20 candidates.

In deciding the final 20 debate participants, candidates who have crossed both the polling and fundraising thresholds rank over candidates who only crossed one. The remaining debaters qualify based on polling performance.

MSNBC

Qualifying candidates will be split into two groups, those polling at or above 2%, and those below, and will be randomly and evenly divided among the two nights.

The DNC determines the qualifiers, and the host network conducts a manual draw of names from a box to determine the order. Representatives of each campaign are invited to view the draw in person.

Qualifications: Debates 1 & 2
1) Meet a 1% polling threshold in at least three separate national or early primary state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada, or
2) Receive donations from 65,000 individual donors, with a minimum of 200 unique donors in at least 20 states.

DNC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE SCHEDULE

 June 26th & 27th Presidential Primary Debate
Date Wednesday, June 26th & Thursday, June 27th
Time 9:00pm ET
Location
Candidates /June 26th Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O'Rourke, Ryan, Warren
Candidates /June 27th Bennet, Biden, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Sanders, Swalwell, Williamson, Yang
Networks NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo
Moderators Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart
Live Streaming NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News Mobile App, OTT apps, and Telemundo's digital platforms. DNC Website
Qualifications 1% polling threshold in three approved polls between, January 1, 2019 and 14 days prior to the date of the debate, or 65,000 individual donations from a minimum of 200 unique donors in 20 states

Polls must be sponsored by an approved organization, which presently includes Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Las Vegas Review Journal, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, Reuters, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University.

Any qualifying poll must include a full list of presidential candidates for respondents.

Those who did not qualify for the first debate include Governor Steve Bullock (MT), Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam, Congressman Seth Moulton (MA) and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.

Date Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, July 31st. Time: TBD
Location The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Candidates TBD
Networks CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español
Live Streaming CNN's website, mobile apps and connected TVs via CNNgo. DNC website
Qualifications 1% polling threshold in three approved polls, between January 1, 2019 and 14 days prior to the date of the debate, or 65,000 individual donations from a minimum of 200 unique donors in 20 states

Qualifications: Debates 3 & 4
To qualify for the debate stage, primary candidates must meet both the new polling requirements and the grassroots fundraising qualifications, which have doubled.
1) Meet a 2% polling threshold in at least four separate national or early primary state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada, and
2) Receive donations from 130,000 individual donors, with a minimum of 400 unique donors in at least 20 states.

 September 12th & 13th Presidential Primary Debate
Date Thursday, September 12th and Friday, September 13th. Time and Location TBD
Candidates TBD
Networks ABC News, in partnership with Univision
Live Streaming ABC News Live, ABCNews website and apps, as well as Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch. DNC Website
Qualifications 2% polling threshold in four approved polls between June 28th and August 28th, and 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 unique donors in 20 states.

The October, November and December 2019 debates are yet to be scheduled.

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Sources: MSNBC, ABC, DNC

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