2020 Democratic Debate Schedule (Primary Debates)

2020 Democratic Debate ScheduleHere is the most up-to-date and complete schedule of the Democratic Primary debates taking place in 2019 and 2020. These debates are between all the major Democratic candidates running for President in 2020. The Democratic debate list 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.

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2020 Primary Calendar

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

When is the first 2020 Democratic Primary Debate?

The first 2020 Democratic Primary Debate, aired on NBC and MSNBC, will be held over two nights on June 26 and June 27, 2019. The debate will feature back-to-back primetime broadcasts on consecutive nights to ensure each candidate gets access to a primetime audience.

Which candidates will be in the first debate?

Night 1 – June 26
Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Ryan, Warren

Night 2 – June 27
Bennet, Biden, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Sanders, Swalwell, Williamson, Yang

Learn more about each candidate on our 2020 candidate list.

How many debates will there be?

The Democratic National Committee has sanctioned up to 12 debates starting in June of 2019, with the early debates possibly featuring back-to-back nights of primetime broadcasts.

Democratic Primary Debate Schedule

The table below contains a list of debates for the 2020 Democratic primary. The Democratic National Committee has not announced the actual dates of the debate but has said there will be 6 debates in 2019, starting on June 26-27, and another 6 debates in 2020 starting in January.

Debate Ticket Information

Date/Details
2019
First Debate

June 26 and 27, 2019
NBC News Democratic Primary Debate
Time: 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)
Aired On: NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo
Live Stream: NBCNews.com

Night 1 - June 26
Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O'Rourke, Ryan, Warren

Night 2 - June 27
Bennet, Biden, Buttigieg, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Sanders, Swalwell, Williamson, Yang

The debate will air at the same time and on the same channels on each night.

Location: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
Moderator: Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart
Qualifications: A candidate will need to either have at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls or provide evidence of at least 65,000 individual donations from a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states. Tie-breaker rules will be used to limit the debate to 20 candidates.
Second Debate

July 30 & 31, 2019
CNN Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: CNN
Live Stream: CNN.com
Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Qualified Candidates: TBD
Qualifications: A candidate will need to either have at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls, or provide evidence of at least 65,000 individual donations from a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states.
Third Debate

September 12 & 13, 2019
ABC News Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: ABC, Univision
Live Stream: ABC News Live
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Qualifications: A candidate will need to either have at least 2 percent support in three qualifying polls, or provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
Fourth Debate

October, 2019
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Qualifications: A candidate will need to either have at least 2 percent support in three qualifying polls, or provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
Fifth Debate

November, 2019
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Sixth Debate

December, 2019
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
2020
Seventh Debate

January, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Eighth Debate

January/February, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Ninth Debate

February, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Tenth Debate

February, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Eleventh Debate

March, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD
Twelfth Debate

April, 2020
Democratic Primary Debate
Aired On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderator: TBD
Candidates: TBD

TBD = To Be Determined

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