Live tonight, from Atlanta, ten Democratic candidates will meet at Tyler Perry Studios for the sixth Democratic debate. Hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, with an all-female moderating panel, tonight’s debate holds some great opportunities and great risk for several candidates.

Sharing center stage, as they did last month, is former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Standing directly next to Warren is South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with Sen. Bernie Sanders flanking Joe Biden.

Here is everything you need to know to watch the debate tonight including tv channels, live streaming, and other ways to tune in.

Debate Details

MSNBC/Washington Post Democratic Debate (5th Debate)
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Start Time: 9 pm ET (8 pm CT, 7 pm MT, 6 pm PT)
Location: Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia
Sponsors: MSNBC, The Washington Post
Moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker

Debate Live Stream

Pre-debate coverage begins at 7 pm ET. The debate begins at 9 pm ET.

Alternate Stream Links: NBCNews.com, WashingtonPost.com

Where else can I watch the debate?

On TV – The debate will air exclusively on MSNBC on cable and satellite.

Streaming – Stream on MSNBC.com’s homepage and WashingtonPost.com’s homepage. In addition, the debate will be available across mobile devices via The Washington Post or the MSNBC mobile app. The debate can also be streamed for free via the MSNBC and Washington Post apps for iOS and Android, and on the MSNBC apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

Radio – SiriusXM Channel 118, and TuneIn.

Which candidates made the cut?

The final candidate list for the November debate in podium order, from left to right, includes:

  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Businessman Tom Steyer

Once again, as with the October debate, Biden and Warren will take center stage. The real battle to watch, however, could be the one between Warren and Buttigieg.

Debate Format

MSNBC has released some details about how the debate will be formatted. The event, held over two hours, will be broken up into four segments with only three commercial breaks during the broadcast.

MSNBC has decided to ax opening statements to allow more time for actual questions. There will, however, be time allotted for each candidate to make a “closing argument,” as MSNBC calls it.

During the debate, candidates will have 75 seconds to answers questions posed to them and 45 seconds for follow-ups at the moderators’ discretion. Candidates will also be able to respond if they’re referred to or attacked by another candidate, but that will also be at the moderators’ discretion.

More information

Bookmark and follow our Democratic debate schedule for the latest information.

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

4 COMMENTS

  1. It’s interesting that the powers that be decided that people without internet access or cable TV don’t matter enough to be allowed to see this debate.

    • It’s a lot better than it was in 2016. At that time, if you did not have cable, you didn’t see the GOP debates at all. Period. This time, there were several online streaming options–including the one on this page.

      Exactly what other options would you want?? The networks will give synopses that will be seen by more people than watch the full debate. What other options are there??

      I do wish they would broadcast on radio, so one could follow in the car or moving room-to-room, but that’s not likely to happen.

      • In 2016 there was some channels that locked their streams to cable/satellite subscribers, that’s true. In one case, for a CNBC Republican debate, CNBC deleted the entire debate video and scrubbed it from the internet a day later due to criticism of their moderators. I still have never found it again to this day other than some bad YouTube copies.

        This time around the DNC stipulated that at the very least, viewers had to be able to access the live stream for free, even if it was was locked to being viewed on one website.

        It’s better in many ways than it was.

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