As we head into the October Democratic debate, live tonight on CNN, with 12 candidates on the largest debate stage so far, there are many storylines playing out in the primary among various candidates. Former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will share center stage, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg flanking them to the left and right. The night promises to be full of fireworks at this critical point in the campaign as Biden continues to struggle mainitaing a grip on a race he has held together up to this point.

Debate information

CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate (Fourth Debate)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm ET (7 pm CT, 6 pm MT, 5 pm PT)
Location: Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio
Sponsors: CNN, New York Times
Moderators: CNN hosts Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, along with New York Times National Editor Marc Lacey

Live stream

Live stream courtesy of CNN Replay on Facebook, live at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT:

Where else can I watch the debate?

On TV – The debate will air exclusively on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español.

Streaming – Stream on’s homepage and’s homepage. In addition, the debate will be available across mobile devices via CNN’s and New York Times’ apps for iOS and Android, via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV

Radio – SiriusXM Channels 116, 454, 795, the Westwood One Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Debate moderators

The debate tonight will be moderated by CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper as well as New York Times national editor Marc Lacey. This will be the first time this year the Times has shared as a co-host of a debate. CNN hosted the Democratic debate back in July so this is their second time at the helm.

Debate candidates

There are 12 candidates in total on the debate stage tonight:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
  • Businessman Tom Steyer

October Dem Debate Podiums

On stage from left to right: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Businessman Andrew Yang, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro

Which candidates missed the cut?

Despite a large stage tonight, there are several candidates who missed the qualification for the October debate. These candidates won’t be part of the event:

  • Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  • Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam
  • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania
  • Author and activist Marianne Williamson

More information

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We will have analysis and the full debate video following the debate once it is available from CNN or other media sources.