Talk about going from bad to worse, or perhaps bad, to better, to worse, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has announced that the upcoming fourth Democratic debate, which will air on CNN from Ohio, will take place on one night. This decision is a change from previous guidelines which said that if more than 10 candidates qualify, the event would be split over two nights.

For audiences already irritated with 10 candidates on stage, you’ll now get the pleasure of 12 candidates on stage talking over each other in October.

Watch On: CNN
 Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm ET (5 pm PT)
Location: Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio
Moderators: Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Marc Lacey

Why change to one night? It’s fairly simple. The DNC does not want to divide up the top contenders and risk the controversy from the appearance of an “undercard” or less important night:

The CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential debate in October will occur on one night, the Democratic National Committee told campaigns Friday.

“To address several inquiries we have received we are writing to let you know that, pending a final decision after the certification deadline, it is the intention of the DNC and our media partners to hold the October debate over one night on Tuesday October 15th,” the DNC wrote in an email Friday morning.

There’s also the issue of television ratings that networks may be concerned with. In the first two debates, the ratings for the second night, which is where Joe Biden landed both times, was higher than the first night. At this point, the DNC argues, why bother splitting the field and causing candidates to complain about getting stuck on the undercard night without the top candidates.

A DNC official said several factors were taken into account in deciding to focus on one night.

“Our goal has always been to expand viewership, and we also believe that one night worked well for this last debate,” said the official, speaking on background.

It looks like the 12 candidates on the list are where this debate will max out. This will be a big stage, even by modern debate standards:

The full candidate list includes Former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, businessman Andrew Yang, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Obviously Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will be the two center podiums, flanked probably by Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg on either side.

For viewers weary of 12 candidates, you may want to skip the October debate and wait for November, when there may be as few as 5 candidates on stage.


  1. Can I be reading correctly? Is the DNC actually going to do the right thing and let the people decide who is worthy to be stomped by President Trump in the general election.?

    With all 12 candidates on the stage the country will learn if the bluster against big money in politics by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is just that bluster. If they don’t attack Tom Steyer for using his vast wealth to influence this primary then they are both as phony as a three dollar bill.?

    Tulsi Gabbard and Kamala Harris on the same stage should be worth viewing this debate for that mere fact. Tulsi Gabbard has little to nothing to lose by reenacting what happened in Detroit. To refresh your memories that is when Kamala Harris once again attacked Joe Biden. Of course Joe being Joe he struggled to put two coherent sentences together as a rebuttal. At this point Gabbard stepped in and started to question the spotty record that has plagued Harris throughout her inglorious political life.?

    If I am correct than the DNC won’t have to worry about a plethora of candidates for the November debate. Kamala Harris will be so maligned that she will give up her presidential aspirations and slink back to California and continue destroying that once great state. Unless Sanders and Warren rebuff Steyer the Democratic electorate will see them for the phonies that they are and they will likewise slink back to their respective states.?

    The DNC should rename this debate something catchy. Perhaps they can beg the WWE to let them use the title Royal Rumble.?

  2. Foolness. As I’ve said cut out everyone who isn’t named Warren, Biden, Sanders, and AOC (NO, you pick a candidate).

  3. Now that we know who has made the 2% threshold to appear in the Democratic debate, when will we see GOP debates?

    The latest Emerson poll shows
    Weld at 5%,
    Walsh at 5%, and
    Sanford at 2%.

    YouGov has
    Weld at 3%,
    Sanford at 2% and
    Walsh at 1%.

    Fox has
    Sanford, Walsh, and Weld, all at 2%.

    Florida Atlantic University has
    Sanford at 8%,
    Walsh at 5%, and
    Weld at 2%.

    GOP Research has
    Walsh at 5%,
    Sanford at 4%, and
    Weld at 2%.

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