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Summer is here, and so is the first Democratic debate of the 2020 election season.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Democrats have fielded a historically large group of candidates this election cycle. To accommodate them all—or at least the top 20—in a semi-reasonable fashion, the Democratic National Committee and its broadcast partner NBC are holding this week's Miami debate over back-to-back nights, each featuring a different lineup of 10 candidates. The first debate starts at 9pm ET on Wednesday, June 26, and then America runs it back with the second slate, again at 9pm ET, on Thursday, June 27. Each night’s debate is scheduled to last two hours.
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Expect a lot of bite-sized answers about the most pressing issues facing the country during that time! According to NBC, candidates will have 60 seconds to respond to questions, and 30 seconds for follow-ups; everyone also gets a closing remark. Moderating on both nights will be NBC’s Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and José Díaz-Balart.
Who’s Debating Whom When?
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Twenty candidates met the DNC’s qualifying criteria for the first debate, a combination of polling and grassroots fundraising metrics. Each night’s lineup was decided earlier this month through a random drawing. Both events will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
Wednesday night’s debate will feature:
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Thursday night’s debate will feature:
That’s a lot of names!
How Can I Watch?
Unlike the presidential debates, which are simulcast across all the major networks, primary debates—for either party—are hosted by a rotating cast of news organizations. NBC is airing the first Democratic debate this year, and there are plenty of ways to tune in to the live broadcast.
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For traditional TV viewers, the first debate will be broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. For political commentary...
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