Democratic Debates Start in June

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Democratic Debates Start in June
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Democratic Debates Start in June
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In December, the Democratic National Committee announced that their candidates would be participating in at least twelve debates throughout the nomination process. The first debate is scheduled for sometime in June. The first debate is expected to feature a long list of candidates, with the debate being split into two separate events, taking place across two consecutive nights.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang recently discussed the upcoming debates during an interview on Fox News. Yang told Fox’s Neil Cavuto that the DNC had already reached out to him to guarantee him a spot in the first debate. He said the first debate would indeed be held as two separate events.

During the interview, Yang and Cavuto discussed previous debates that split the candidates into “varsity” and “JV” events, with high profile candidates being separated from those polling less than them. Yang said he has been assured by the DNC that the first debate will not follow that format. Instead, he said, the candidates names will be randomly chosen to appear on either night.

The two separate events will be treated as a single debate, just one of the twelve promised in the coming months. The second debate will take place in July, with no debates taking place in August. Following the break in August, Democrats will be debating at least once every month until April.

Half of the upcoming debates are scheduled for 2019, with the remaining six taking place in 2020. The first debate will be held by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. The second debate, to be held in July, will be presented by CNN. An exact date and location for the first debate has not yet been announced.

In order to qualify for the first debate, candidates can meet one of two standards. The candidate must have at least 1% support in three qualifying polls or have 65,000 donors, with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states. If more than 20 candidates qualify for the debate, the top 20 will be determined through a separate process.

Several candidates are expected to join the race before the debates start in June. Former VP Joe Biden appears to be the most widely anticipated potential contender in the race. Of the announced candidates, many credit Bernie Sanders with receiving the most support so far. Sanders is the fifth US Senator to announce a presidential campaign, joining fellow Senators Booker, Warren, Gillibrand, and Harris.

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