2020 Democratic Party Debate Schedule

Democratic Debate Schedule (2020 Presidential Primary Debates)Schedule of Democratic Party presidential primary debates in 2019 and 2020. These debates are between all the major Democratic candidates running for President in 2020. The Democratic debate schedule below will include all details such as start times, moderators, candidates, live stream links, and links to the full debate videos. This page will be updated frequently as soon as new information becomes available.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) originally sanctioned twelve debates. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, only eleven debates took place with no final debate in April of 2020.

Related: 2020 Presidential Debate Schedule (General Election Debates)

Full Democratic Debate Schedule

The list below contains a full list of past and upcoming Democratic presidential primary debates in 2019 and 2020.

DateDetails
Past Debates
June 26-27, 2019
NBC News Democratic Primary Debate

Night 1 - June 26 Watch Full Video
Candidates: Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, John Delaney

Night 2 - June 27 Watch Full Video
Candidates: Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Eric Swalwell

Location: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
Moderators: Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart
July 30-31, 2019
CNN Democratic Primary Debate

Night 1 - July 30
Watch Full Video
Candidates: Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, Steve Bullock, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

Night 2 - July 31 Watch Full Video
Candidates: Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bennet, Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden

Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
Moderators: Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper
September 12, 2019
ABC News Democratic Primary Debate

Video: Watch Full Video
Aired On: ABC, Univision
Location: Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
Moderators: George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos
Candidates: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, O'Rourke, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, Yang
Qualifications: A candidate will need to have at least 2 percent support in three qualifying polls AND provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
October 15, 2019
CNN/New York Times Democratic Primary Debate

Video: Watch Full Video
Aired On: CNN
Location: Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio
Sponsors: CNN, New York Times
Moderators: Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Marc Lacey
Candidates: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, O'Rourke, Steyer, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, Yang, Gabbard
Qualifications: A candidate will need to have at least 2 percent support in three qualifying polls AND provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
November 20, 2019
MSNBC/Washington Post Democratic Primary Debate

Full Video: Watch Full Video
Watch On: MSNBC
Location: Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia
Sponsors: MSNBC and The Washington Post
Moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker
Candidates: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, Yang
Qualifications
: A candidate will need to hit 3% in at least four national or early-state polls — or 5% in two early state polls. The donor threshold has been increased to 165,000 unique donors, with at least 600 each in at least 20 states.
December 19, 2019
PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Democratic Primary Debate

Time: 8 pm ET (7 pm CT, 6 pm MT, 5 pm PT)
Watch On: PBS and CNN
Full Video: Full Debate Video
Location: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles
Sponsors: PBS, POLITICO
Moderators: Judy Woodruff, Tim Alberta, Amna Nawaz, and Yamiche Alcindor
Candidates: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, Yang
Qualifications: A candidate will need to hit 4% in at least four national or early-state polls — or 6% in two early state polls. The donor threshold has been increased to 200,000 unique donors, with at least 800 each in at least 20 states.
January, 14 2020
CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic Primary Debate

Video: Watch Full Video
Location: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsors: Des Moines Register, CNN
Moderators: Wolf Blitzer, Abby Phillip, Brianne Pfannenstiel 
Candidates: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren
February 7, 2020
ABC/WMUR Democratic Primary Debate

Full Video: Watch Full Video
Watch On: ABC
Location: St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC, WMUR, Apple News
Moderators: George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, Adam Sexton, Monica Hernandez
Candidates: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, Yang
February 19, 2020
MSNBC/NBC News Democratic Primary Debate

Debate Video: Watch Full Video
Watch On: MSNBC and NBC
Location: Paris Theater Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsors: The Nevada Independent, NBC News
Moderators: Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, and Jon Ralston
Candidates: Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren
February 25, 2020
CBS News Democratic Primary Debate

Full Video: Watch Debate Video
Watch On: CBS and BET
Location: The Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsors: CBS News, Congressional Black Caucus Insitute, Twitter
Moderators: Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett
Candidates: Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren
March 15, 2020
CNN/Univision Democratic Primary Debate

Full VIdeo: Watch Debate Video
Location: CNN studio in Washington, DC*
Sponsors: CNN, Univision, CHC BOLD
Moderators: Dana Bash, Jake Tapper, Ilia Calderón
Candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders

The debate venue was moved from Arizona to DC out of an abundance of caution related to the Coronavirus. Jorge Ramos, of Univision, was scheduled to moderate as well but has relinquished that position to Ilia Calderón due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

TBD = To Be Determined

Related Pages

Visit our 2020 Presidential Primary Schedule for up-to-date primary voting information and dates.

Learn more about each candidate on our 2020 candidate list.

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