The first group of ten Democratic candidates will take the stage tonight on NBC for the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle. Here’s all the information you need to watch the debate and live stream the event right here on this page.

Keep in mind that the debate is being split over two nights with a group of ten different candidates each night on stage. A total of twenty debate slots were allotted by the Democratic National Committee with the field divided over two consecutive primetime broadcasts on back-to-back nights, June 26 and June 27. Tonight is the first installment of the debate with the first ten candidates on stage.

The debate is broadcasting live from the Arsht Center in downtown Miami, Florida. A panel of five moderators will ask the questions over both nights.

Debate live stream (June 26)

The first night of the NBC live stream begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is embedded below courtesy of YouTube:

Candidates (From left to right on stage): Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, John Delaney

Moderators: Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and José Diaz-Balart

Spanish stream: Telemundo

What time does the debate start?

Night 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
9 pm ET (6 pm PT, 7 pm MT, 8 pm CT)

Night 2: Thursday, June 27, 2019
9 pm ET (6 pm PT, 7 pm MT, 8 pm CT)

Where can I watch the first Democratic debate?

According to NBC, the first democratic debate will be broadcast on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. This means that you’ll be able to watch the debate on your local NBC station, or on the MSNBC cable channel, or simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo. The debate will air live across all three networks on both nights.

The debate will also be live streamed from NBC via YouTube with the video embedded above.

Which candidates will be in the first Democratic debate?

Here is the list of candidates for both nights of the debate.

Night 1 – June 26 (Wednesday)

First Democratic Debate June 26 Podium Order

Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey
Julián Castro, former housing secretary
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York
John Delaney, former representative from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, representative from Hawaii
Jay Inslee, governor of Washington
Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota
Beto O’Rourke, former representative from Texas
Tim Ryan, representative from Ohio
Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts

Night 2 – June 27 (Thursday)

First Democratic Debate June 27 Podium Order

Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado
Joseph R. Biden Jr., former vice president
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.
Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York
Kamala Harris, senator from California
John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
Eric Swalwell, representative from California
Marianne Williamson, self-help author
Andrew Yang, former tech executive

Who will moderate the first Democratic debate?

The team of moderators will be a panel of five.

Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC”

Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of “TODAY” and NBC News chief legal analyst

Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” and NBC News political director

Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC

José Díaz-Balart, anchor of “Noticias Telemundo” and “NBC Nightly News Saturday”

Where can I find the latest Democratic debate information?

As always, bookmark our page dedicated to keeping up with the 2020 Democratic Primary Debate schedule. There you will always find the latest most up-to-date information about all you need to know for the Democratic primary debates.


  1. Let’s see, both parties got rid of the League Of Women Voters as heading the debates because their questions were NOT given to the candidates before the debates and both parties had no control over how the debates where run. So now the DNC with their allies in the media have complete control. Let’s see how balanced and fair the time and questions are for each candidates. My predictions is that Warren will get more time than the other candidates and also be asked questions that she has practiced. Remember Donna Brazile and the fix for Hillary by the DNC 2 years ago? We are facing the illusion of choice again folks.

    • Since Warren is the front-runner in this group, she will probably get jabs, and thus, will be allowed to reply. For that reason, she probably will get more time than anyone.

    • You are soo right. Right now I am watching it and Warren is getting most of the question and going back to her almost every time someone else has talked. Talk about bias.

  2. Oh boy!!! The circus is in town, and some of the performers are also moderators. One thing is certain, they’re all clowns!

  3. Very disappointing, nobody is yelling or talking back or interrupting no fun 🙁 A bit boring. I want a fight! Get down and dirty mud slinging or mud fighting.

  4. Warren, Booker and Castro had the most time and made the strongest impressions. The talking heads spent time putting down Warren. I think they are off. All the candidates were aspirational. Unless they build a fire from below and unless they actually tackle the trillion dollar war and weapons budget, there is no money to pay for anything.

  5. I think the microphones should be timed. If they have 30 seconds to respond, their microphone should cut off at exactly 30 seconds. And all the other mics should be off, so we don’t have everyone trying to answer every question.

    • That would certainly keep to the allotted time but as a viewer, I’d be kind of annoyed if they get cut-off mid sentence. Candidates wouldn’t agree to it I’d imagine.

      • Actually, I should bring back a suggestion I made in 2016. Since the candidates are all trying to get in on every question, we should time them all. If they want to use an extra ten seconds when they are given 30 seconds, fine. But in the next question, they only get 20 seconds. You’d start to see a little discipline if they knew they’d get burned for misbehaving.

    • That would actually be very interesting. It’d force those who wanted to time hog away from others, to truly get their thoughts in order. Everyone should have equal time.

Comments are closed.