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How to Watch the Democratic Presidential Debates

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Today, the first half of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates kicks off in Miami—10 candidates, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke will take the stage at 9pm EST.

Meanwhile, four top-polling candidates including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and California Senator Kamala Harris will face each other on Thursday. (Warren remains the only top-5 polling candidate shut out of the second debate.)


The rules are straightforward; each candidate will have 60 seconds to answer a question and 30 seconds for a follow-up response. Given the sheer number of candidates, the debate will be the first opportunity for candidates to emerge as frontrunners from the crowded pool of presidential hopefuls (and the first time for many candidates to take the national stage).


Want to watch the debates live? NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo-owned channels will broadcast the debates; and will also stream both debates online. You can also download the NBC News app to watch the debates on your smartphone.

Below are the complete lineups for each night of debates:

Day one

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

Day two

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

For candidates to qualify for the debates, they had have received at least 65,000 donors to campaigns (and 200 donors across 20 states or more), or received at least 1% of support in three approved polls. These qualifications shut out four early candidates from the debates, including Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and Massachusetts Congressmember Seth Moulton.


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