2020 Democratic Party presidential debates

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The 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates have taken place among candidates in the campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for the president of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

There have been a total of 29 major Democratic candidates. Of these, 22 candidates have participated in at least one debate. There are 12 active major candidates, 10 of whom have participated in at least one debate.


Sites of the first ten Democratic presidential debates; there will be twelve total (D1–D12) in 2019–20


In December 2018, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced the preliminary schedule for 12 official DNC-sanctioned debates, set to begin in June 2019, with six debates in 2019 and the remaining six during the first four months of 2020. Candidates are allowed to participate in forums featuring multiple other candidates as long as only one candidate appears on stage at a time; if candidates participate in any unsanctioned debate with other presidential candidates, they will lose their invitation to the next DNC-sanctioned debate.[1][2]

The debates scheduled to take place in the first four primary/caucus states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina) will all take place in 2020 rather than 2019.[1] The DNC also announced that it would not partner with Fox News as a media sponsor for any debates.[3][4] Fox News had last held a Democratic debate in 2003.[5] All media sponsors selected to host a debate will as a new rule be required to appoint at least one female moderator for each debate, to ensure there will not be a gender-skewed treatment of the candidates and debate topics.[6]

Debate schedule
Debate Date Time
Viewers Location Sponsor(s) Moderator(s)
1A Jun. 26, 2019 9–11 p.m. ~24.3 million
(15.3m live TV; 9m streaming)[7]
Arsht Center,
Miami, Florida[8]
NBC News
Jose Diaz-Balart
Savannah Guthrie
Lester Holt
Rachel Maddow
Chuck Todd[9]
1B Jun. 27, 2019 9–11 p.m. ~27.1 million
(18.1m live TV; 9m streaming)[10]
2A Jul. 30, 2019 8–10:30 p.m. ~11.5 million
(8.7m live TV; 2.8m streaming)
Fox Theatre,
Detroit, Michigan[11]
CNN Dana Bash
Don Lemon
Jake Tapper
2B Jul. 31, 2019[12] 8–10:30 p.m. ~13.8 million
(10.7m live TV; 3.1m streaming)[13]
3 Sep. 12, 2019 8–11 p.m. 14.04 million live TV[14] Health and Physical Education Arena,
Texas Southern University,
Houston, Texas[15]
ABC News
Linsey Davis
David Muir
Jorge Ramos
George Stephanopoulos
4 Oct. 15, 2019[16] 8–11 p.m. 8.34 million live TV[17] Rike Physical Education Center,
Otterbein University,
Westerville, Ohio
The New York Times[18]
Erin Burnett
Anderson Cooper
Marc Lacey
5 Nov. 20, 2019[19] 9–11 p.m. ~7.9 million
(6.6m live TV; 1.3m streaming)[20]
Oprah Winfrey sound stage,
Tyler Perry Studios,
Atlanta, Georgia[21]
The Washington Post
Rachel Maddow
Andrea Mitchell
Ashley Parker
Kristen Welker[22]
6 Dec. 19, 2019 8–11 p.m.[23] 6.17 million live TV[24] Gersten Pavilion,
Loyola Marymount University,
Los Angeles, California[25]
Tim Alberta
Yamiche Alcindor
Amna Nawaz
Judy Woodruff[26]
7 Jan. 14, 2020 9–11:15 p.m.[27] ~11.3 million
(7.3m live TV; 4.0m streaming)[28]
Sheslow Auditorium,
Drake University,
Des Moines, Iowa[29][30]
The Des Moines Register
Wolf Blitzer
Brianne Pfannenstiel
Abby Phillip[31]
8 Feb. 7, 2020 TBA St. Anselm College,
Manchester, New Hampshire[29]
ABC News
Apple News
9 Feb. 19, 2020 TBA Las Vegas, Nevada[29] NBC News
The Nevada Independent
10 Feb. 25, 2020 TBA Gaillard Center,
Charleston, South Carolina[29]
CBS News
11 TBA


The following is a table of participating candidates in each debate:

Participating candidates in the DNC-sanctioned debates[32][33][34][35][36][37][38]

 P  Present  A  Absent  I  Invited  N  Not invited  Out  Not yet entered race  W  Withdrawn

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Michael Bennet P P N N N N N TBA
Joe Biden P P P P P P P
Michael Bloomberg Out N N
Pete Buttigieg P P P P P P P
John Delaney P P N N N N N
Tulsi Gabbard P P N P P N N
Amy Klobuchar P P P P P P P
Deval Patrick Out N N
Bernie Sanders P P P P P P P
Tom Steyer Out N N P P P P
Elizabeth Warren P P P P P P P
Andrew Yang P P P P P P N
Cory Booker P P P P P N N W
Marianne Williamson P P N N N N W
Julián Castro P P P P N N W
Kamala Harris P P P P P W
Steve Bullock N P N N N W
Joe Sestak Out N N N N W
Wayne Messam N N N N N W
Beto O'Rourke P P P P W
Tim Ryan P P N N W
Bill de Blasio P P N W
Kirsten Gillibrand P P W
Seth Moulton N N W
Jay Inslee P P W
John Hickenlooper P P W
Mike Gravel N N W
Eric Swalwell P W
Richard Ojeda W

Debates in 2019[edit]

First debates (June 26–27, 2019)[edit]


To qualify for the first debates, entrants had to, at a minimum, achieve one of the two criteria listed. If this had resulted in more than 20 qualified candidates, the two criteria would have been evaluated in combination per an outlined set of tiebreaking rules, but since 20 candidates qualified, no tiebreaker was necessary.[39] The deadline for candidates to meet either of the below criteria was June 12.[40][41]


Democratic Party debates
First Democratic debates
Date(s)June 26, 2019
June 27, 2019
VenueArsht Center
LocationMiami, Florida
Lead moderatorLester Holt
Other moderatorsSavannah Guthrie
Chuck Todd
Rachel Maddow
Jose Diaz-Balart

The Democratic Party's first presidential debates ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election were held in two groups on June 26 and 27, 2019, in Miami, Florida.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, they aired on NBC and were broadcast on radio by Westwood One. Lester Holt was the lead moderator of the debates, joined by Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and Jose Diaz-Balart.

The DNC drew lots among the 20 qualified candidates for the first debate to determine whether they should debate on the first night (June 26) or second night (June 27) at the NBC News headquarters (30 Rockefeller Plaza) in New York City on June 14. The qualified candidates or their representatives were present and involved at the drawing event,[69] which was not televised.[70]

The debates took place at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida. The first night of the debate was marked by a noted dust-up between O'Rourke and Castro on the subject of immigration, which Castro was widely perceived to have won, while Warren met expectations as a top-tier candidate. In addition, Booker and Klobuchar each had their moment in the spotlight, Klobuchar in particular being noted for her one-liners, one of which was about acknowledging that, for the first time in U.S. history, there were at least three women on stage at a presidential debate.[71][72] Gabbard took on Ryan over continuing the US presence in Afghanistan.[73] Booker, Castro, and O'Rourke all spoke Spanish at different times during the debate, which received mixed reception and was met with jokes from second-night competitors Williamson and Yang on Twitter.[74][75] On night two, Harris and Biden clashed over Biden's past comments about working with segregationist senators and his stance on desegregation busing.[76]

Night one candidates
drawn for the
June 26 debate
Drawing tier[a] Polling
Airtime (min.)[77]
Warren 1 16.3% (10 polls) 9.3
O'Rourke 1 10.3% (10 polls) 10.3
Booker 1 4.0% (10 polls) 10.9
Klobuchar 1 3.7% (10 polls) 8.5
Castro 1 2.0% (8 polls) 8.8
Gabbard 2 1.3% (8 polls) 6.6
Ryan 2 1.3% (9 polls) 7.7
Inslee 2 1% (7 polls) 5.0
de Blasio 2 1% (3 polls) 5.6
Delaney 2 1% (3 polls) 6.6
Average 4.2% 7.9
Night two candidates
drawn for the
June 27 debate
Drawing tier[a] Polling
Airtime (min.)[77]
Biden 1 37.7% (10 polls) 13.6
Sanders 1 26.7% (10 polls) 11.0
Buttigieg 1 13% (10 polls) 10.5
Harris 1 11% (10 polls) 11.9
Yang 2 1.7% (10 polls) 3.0
Gillibrand 2 1.3% (6 polls) 7.5
Hickenlooper 2 1.3% (5 polls) 5.2
Bennet 2 1% (3 polls) 8.1
Williamson 2 1%, (4 polls) 5.0
Swalwell 2 1% (3 polls) 4.3
Average 9.6% 8.0

Second debates (July 30–31, 2019)[edit]


The criteria for qualifying for the second debates were the same as for the first debates.[78] To qualify for the second debates, debate entrants had to, at minimum, comply with one of the two below listed criteria.[39] Mike Gravel was not invited to the debates since he only met the donor threshold, which was given a lesser weight than the polling threshold.[79] The deadline for candidates to meet either of the below criteria was July 16.[80]


Democratic Party debates
Second Democratic debates
Date(s)July 30, 2019
July 31, 2019
VenueFox Theatre
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Lead moderatorJake Tapper
Other moderatorsDana Bash
Don Lemon

The Democratic Party's second presidential debates ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election were held on July 30 and 31, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, they aired on CNN and were broadcast on radio by Westwood One. Jake Tapper was the lead moderator of the debates, joined by Dana Bash and Don Lemon.

The drawing of lots among the 20 invited candidates to determine when they will debate was televised in prime time on July 18.[84] There were three tiers of candidates that were split between two nights, as opposed to the two tiers used in the first debates.[85]

In total, 21 candidates qualified for the second debate. The 14 candidates who met both criteria (Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, O'Rourke, Booker, Klobuchar, Castro, Yang, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Inslee, and Williamson) and the six candidates who met the polling criterion only (Ryan, Hickenlooper, Delaney, de Blasio, Bennet, and Bullock) were invited to participate in the debate. Gravel, the one candidate to qualify by the donor criterion only, was not invited because of the 20-candidate limit and the polling criterion's precedence over the donor criterion as mandated by the DNC. The set of participants for the second debate was identical to the first debates with one exception: Bullock replaced Swalwell, who suspended his campaign between the first and second debates.[79]

The debate on July 30 featured Bullock, Buttigieg, Delaney, Hickenlooper, Klobuchar, O'Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Warren and Williamson, while the debate on July 31 featured Bennet, Biden, Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Harris, Inslee and Yang.[33][86] Both debates took place at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

The overarching theme on the first night was a clash between moderates and progressives on a variety of issues, ranging from Medicare for All to electability.[87] CNN received criticism for allegedly inciting conflicts between candidates and making questions from Republican talking points, as well as enforcing the time limits too strictly.[88] The second night saw significant discussion centered on candidates' differing health care plans. Additionally, Gabbard went on the offensive against Harris.[89][90]

Night one candidates
drawn for the
July 30 debate
Drawing tier[b] Polling
Airtime (min.)[77]
Sanders 1 27% (19 polls) 17.6
Warren 1 19% (19 polls) 17.9
Buttigieg 2 13.3% (19 polls) 14.4
O'Rourke 2 10.3% (18 polls) 10.9
Klobuchar 2 4% (16 polls) 10.7
Hickenlooper 3 1.3% (9 polls) 8.8
Ryan 3 1.3% (9 polls) 9.8
Delaney 3 1.3% (8 polls) 10.3
Williamson 3 1% (8 polls) 8.9
Bullock 3 1% (4 polls) 10.8
Average 8% 12.0
Night two candidates
drawn for the
July 31 debate
Drawing tier[b] Polling
Airtime (min.)[77]
Biden 1 40.7% (19 polls) 21.2
Harris 1 17.7% (19 polls) 17.7
Booker 2 4.3% (19 polls) 12.8
Castro 2 2.7% (12 polls) 10.5
Yang 2 2% (18 polls) 8.7
Gabbard 3 1.3% (12 polls) 10.6
Gillibrand 3 1.3% (10 polls) 11.6
Inslee 3 1% (9 polls) 10.7
Bennet 3 1% (7 polls) 10.6
de Blasio 3 1% (4 polls) 9.7
Average 7.3% 12.4


Each of the first two debates took place during two consecutive nights, with a maximum of 10 candidates per night. The DNC, at a public event before each debate, drew lots among the qualified candidates to determine whether they shall debate on the first or second night.[91][92] This drawing procedure was designed to avoid the appearance of a "kiddie table" debate where the lowest polling candidates were grouped together with no leading candidates, which happened during the 2016 Republican Party presidential debates.[93]

Third debate (September 12, 2019)[edit]


The third debate took place at the Health and Physical Education Arena on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. For participation in the third debate, candidates were required to meet both polling and fundraising criteria by August 28 (in comparison to the first and second debates, where only one criterion was necessary). Qualifying polls had to be released between June 28 and August 28.[94] Five candidates (Gravel, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Moulton, and Gillibrand) suspended their campaigns between the second and third debates.

On August 23, the Gabbard campaign criticized the DNC's purported lack of transparency in the process of selecting organizations/institutions to sponsor polls and how better-ranked polls were excluded. The campaign also highlighted the stark reduction in poll frequency, especially in early primary states,[95] after the second debate compared to after the first debate and how they believed that that was “particularly harmful” to candidates with lower name recognition.[96] The campaigns of Marianne Williamson,[97] Tom Steyer,[98] and Michael Bennet[99][100] also requested that the DNC increase the number of certified polls by expanding the list of certified poll sponsoring organizations.


Democratic Party debates
Third Democratic debate
HostABC News
Date(s)September 12, 2019
VenueHealth & Physical Education Arena
Texas Southern University
LocationHouston, Texas
Lead moderatorGeorge Stephanopoulos
Other moderatorsDavid Muir
Linsey Davis
Jorge Ramos

The Democratic Party's third presidential debate ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election took place on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

It aired on ABC News and Univision. George Stephanopoulos was the lead moderator of the debate, joined by David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos.[118]

The candidates who qualified for the third debate were Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Sanders, Warren, and Yang.[34]

Candidates Airtime (min.)[119]
Biden 17.4
Warren 16.5
Booker 14.7
Sanders 14.1
Harris 13.7
Buttigieg 11.4
Castro 11.0
Klobuchar 10.4
O'Rourke 9.3
Yang 7.9
Average 12.6

Fourth debate (October 15, 2019)[edit]


A memo released by the DNC on August 5 indicated that the qualification period for the fourth debate in October started on June 28, which was the same day that qualification began for the third debate (in effect allowing all candidates who qualified for the third debate to automatically qualify for the fourth debate). This gave candidates who did not qualify for the September debate more time to qualify for the October debate.[120] Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Sanders, Warren, and Yang qualified before August 22,[121] while Steyer and Gabbard qualified on September 8[122] and September 24 respectively.[123] The qualification deadline for the fourth debate was October 1, 2019.[124] One candidate (de Blasio) suspended his campaign between the third and fourth debates.[125]


Democratic Party debates
Fourth Democratic debate
The New York Times
Date(s)October 15, 2019
VenueRike Physical Education Center
Otterbein University
LocationWesterville, Ohio
Lead moderatorAnderson Cooper
Other moderatorsErin Burnett
Marc Lacey

The Democratic Party's fourth presidential debate was held on Tuesday October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio,[126] from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT.[127] On September 27, the DNC announced that the debate would include all 12 candidates on one night, although some had assumed it would take place on two nights since it had more than 10 participants. From left to right, the candidates were: Gabbard (who missed the previous debate), Steyer (in his first debate), Booker, Harris, Sanders, Biden and Warren (who shared center stage), Buttigieg, Yang, O'Rourke, Klobuchar, and Castro. Podium order for the debate was determined based on an average of the 10 most recently released qualifying polls. CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper and New York Times national editor Marc Lacey served as the debate moderators.[128]

The debate aired exclusively on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español, and was streamed on CNN.com's homepage and NYTimes.com's homepage. The debate also streamed live on the following Facebook Pages: CNN, CNN International, CNN Politics, CNN Replay, AC360 and Erin Burnett OutFront.

In addition, the debate was 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, SiriusXM Channels 116, 454 and 795, the Westwood One Radio Network and National Public Radio.[129]

The Ohio debate featured 12 candidates, setting a record for the highest number of candidates in one presidential debate.

Candidates Airtime (min.)[130]
Warren 22.8
Biden 16.7
Klobuchar 13.3
O'Rourke 13.2
Sanders 13.1
Buttigieg 13.0
Harris 12.4
Booker 11.7
Yang 8.5
Castro 8.4
Gabbard 8.4
Steyer 7.2
Average 12.4

Fifth debate (November 20, 2019)[edit]


A memo released by the DNC on September 23 indicated that the qualification period for the November debate started on September 13, and ended on November 13. To qualify in terms of polling, candidates needed to reach three percent or more in four polls approved by the DNC. Alternatively, reaching five percent or more in two DNC-approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina was also accepted as meeting the polling threshold. To qualify in terms of donors, candidates needed to receive donations from 165,000 unique donors with 600 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.[131] Three candidates (Messam, O'Rourke, and Ryan) suspended their campaigns between the fourth and fifth debates.


Democratic Party debates
Fifth Democratic debate
The Washington Post
Date(s)November 20, 2019
VenueOprah Winfrey Soundstage 1,[21]
Van Horn Rd,[144]
Tyler Perry Studios
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
Other moderatorsRachel Maddow
Andrea Mitchell
Kristen Welker
Ashley Parker[22]

The Democratic Party's fifth presidential debate was held on November 20, 2019 from 9 to 11:20 p.m. ET,[22] at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[145][146][19] It was moderated by Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker.[22]

The candidates who qualified were Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren and Yang.[36]

Candidates Airtime (min.)[147]
Warren 13.5
Buttigieg 12.9
Biden 12.8
Sanders 11.8
Booker 11.5
Harris 11.5
Klobuchar 11.0
Gabbard 9.2
Steyer 8.4
Yang 6.8

Sixth debate (December 19, 2019)[edit]


A memo released by the DNC on October 25 indicated that the qualification period for the December debate started on October 16, and ended on December 12. To qualify in terms of polling, candidates had to reach four percent or more in four polls approved by the DNC. Alternatively, reaching six percent or more in two DNC-approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina was also accepted as meeting the polling threshold. To qualify in terms of donors, candidates had to receive donations from 200,000 unique donors with 800 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.[148]


Democratic Party debates
Sixth Democratic debate
HostPBS NewsHour
Date(s)December 19, 2019
VenueGersten Pavilion
Loyola Marymount University
LocationLos Angeles, California
Other moderatorsTim Alberta
Yamiche Alcindor
Amna Nawaz
Judy Woodruff[26]

The Democratic Party's sixth presidential debate was held on December 19, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET[37] at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California,[25] and was hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico.[161] It was initially set to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles.[162] However, the DNC announced on November 6 that UCLA was no longer hosting the debate due to a labor dispute.[163] Three candidates (Sestak, Bullock and Harris) suspended their campaigns between the fifth and sixth Democratic debates; Harris would have qualified for the sixth debate had her campaign continued.

Gabbard, a few days before failing to qualify for the debate,[37] announced on December 9 that she would not participate regardless of whether she qualifies.[164]

The debate aired on Politico.com, PBS, and CNN.[23]

The candidates who qualified were Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren and Yang.[37] Highlights included: an exchange between Buttigieg, Warren, and Sanders about campaign financing (including mention of a Buttigieg fundraiser in a Napa Valley wine cave), differences between Klobuchar and Buttigieg on the issue of experience, and a discussion about health care between Sanders and Biden. The candidates were in agreement about the impeachment of Donald Trump, which had been approved by the House of Representatives the day before. Sanders and Klobuchar had a disagreement about the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, with the former opposed to and the latter in favor of ratification. Yang, the only candidate of color, expressed lament that Kamala Harris and Cory Booker were absent, and declared that his universal-basic-income proposal would diversify the field. Sanders, Biden, and Warren parried a question about age.[165][166] Steyer stated that climate change would be his top priority as president, and the issue was discussed at length by all the candidates.[167][168]

The Chinese government censored a live feed of the debate after moderator Judy Woodruff asked Pete Buttigieg if the U.S. should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over China's alleged human rights abuses of Uyghur citizens.[169]

Candidates Airtime (min.)[170]
Sanders 20.5
Klobuchar 19.9
Warren 19.6
Buttigieg 19.6
Biden 15.5
Steyer 11.8
Yang 10.9

Debates in 2020[edit]

Seventh debate (January 14, 2020)[edit]


A memo released by the DNC on December 20 indicated that the qualification period for the January debate started on November 14, 2019, and ended on January 10, 2020. A candidate needed to meet both polling and donor criteria. Candidates had to reach 5% or more in four polls approved by the DNC, or 7% or more in two DNC-approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina. In addition, candidates must have received donations from 225,000 unique donors, including 1,000 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.[171] The candidates who qualified were Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer and Warren.[38] This debate stage featured all of the candidates from the sixth debate except for Yang. Steyer qualified with 2 early-state polls on the penultimate day to qualify, while the other five all qualified much earlier. Yang and Booker met the fundraising criterion but failed to meet the polling criteria. Bloomberg met polling criteria but not the fundraising criterion, as he is not currently asking for donations.[172] Three candidates (Castro, Williamson and Booker) suspended their campaigns between the sixth and seventh debates, with Booker dropping out two days after the qualifying candidates were announced.


Democratic Party debates
Seventh Democratic debate
Des Moines Register
Date(s)January 14, 2020
VenueDrake University
LocationDes Moines, Iowa
Lead moderatorWolf Blitzer[31]
Other moderatorsBrianne Pfannenstiel
Abby Phillip[31]

The Democratic Party's seventh presidential debate was held from 8 to 10:15 p.m. CT[27] on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It was hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register.[29] Several sources noted an exchange between Warren and Sanders. They discussed Warren's accusation that Sanders told her privately that women could not successfully win the presidency. Sanders flatly denied this accusation and pointed to his deference to Warren before running for President in 2016. Warren insisted that Sanders had said women could not win and pointed out that the women on stage had not lost any election, while the men on stage had lost 10 elections combined. [177]

At the end of the debate when candidates were shaking hands with one another, Warren was seen declining a handshake from Bernie Sanders; the two candidates then appeared to argue with each other. It was later revealed that Warren commented to Sanders, "I think you called me a liar on national TV." Sanders replied, "Let's not do it right now. You want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion. You called me a liar."[178]

Candidates Airtime (min.)[179]
Warren 18.9
Sanders 17.8
Klobuchar 17.6
Buttigieg 16.7
Biden 16.3
Steyer 12.6

Eighth debate (February 7, 2020)[edit]

ABC's New Hampshire affiliate WMUR-TV and Apple News will host the eighth debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.[180] The qualifications for the eighth debate are similar to those for the January debate (5% nationally/early states, or 7% in early states, this time excluding Iowa) except for the added provision that all candidates who gain at least one convention delegate in the Iowa caucus will also qualify for the debate.[181] Candidates have until February 6 to qualify.[182]

The debate may be rescheduled if the impeachment trial of Donald Trump "conflicts" with it.[183]


Qualified candidates for the eighth debate
Candidate Met donor criterion
Met four-poll criterion
(as of January 17, 2020)[185]
Met early state polling criterion
(as of January 17, 2020)[185]
Met delegate threshold Qualified for debate Additional
Biden Yes
(by July 3, 2019)
(11 qualifying polls)[d]
(5 qualifying polls)
Pending Yes [102][103]
Sanders Yes
(by February 20, 2019)
(11 qualifying polls)[d]
(5 qualifying polls)
Pending Yes [103][135]
Warren Yes
(by July 8, 2019)
(11 qualifying polls)[d]
(5 qualifying polls)
Pending Yes [103]
Buttigieg Yes
(by July 1, 2019)
(10 qualifying polls)[e]
(3 qualifying polls)
Pending Yes [103][150]
Klobuchar Yes
(by December 20, 2019)
(4 qualifying polls)[f]
(1 qualifying poll)
Pending Yes [174]
Steyer Yes
(by January 3, 2020)
(3 qualifying polls)[g]
(3 qualifying polls)
Pending Yes [186]
Bloomberg Pending[c] Yes
(4 qualifying polls)[h]
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending
Yang Yes
(by August 15, 2019)
(2 qualifying polls)[i]
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending [137][154]
Gabbard Pending
(216,751 donors by January 4, 2020)
(0 qualifying polls)
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending [155][156][157]
Bennet Pending
(~28,000 donors on June 30, 2019)
(0 qualifying polls)
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending [114]
Delaney Pending
(~8,000 donors on June 30, 2019)
(0 qualifying polls)
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending [114]
Patrick Pending Pending
(0 qualifying polls)
(0 qualifying polls)
Pending Pending

Ninth debate (February 19, 2020)[edit]

NBC News and MSNBC, in partnership with The Nevada Independent, will host the ninth debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.[180]

Tenth debate (February 25, 2020)[edit]

CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute will host the tenth debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Twitter will be a debate partner.[180]

Incidents and controversies[edit]

Climate change debate[edit]

On April 22, 2019, Jay Inslee proposed that the DNC dedicate one of its presidential debates to climate change,[187] giving candidates a chance to elaborate in full detail on how they intend to implement climate action and achieve the goals presented by the Green New Deal (a progressive climate resolution proposed by Democratic members of congress in the House).[188] Recent polls of both Democratic voters and the electorate in general had identified this topic to be of the highest importance (for example, a CNN poll[189] found 80% of Democrats wanted presidential candidates to make climate change a top priority, and a Morning Consult poll[190] of registered voters nationwide found that 63% said it's either important or a top priority for Congress to pass a bill to address climate change). Despite support from seven other candidates (Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand, Castro, Bennet, Delaney[191] and Moulton[192]), several progressive and environmental groups (Sierra Club, CREDO Action, Sunrise Movement, Friends of the Earth Action, Public Citizen, 350 Action, MoveOn, Youth Climate Strike), at least two dozen Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate,[188] and over 52,000 signatories of a petition,[193] the DNC turned down the idea of limiting some of their debates to only one debate topic.[194][2] On June 29, 2019, however, the DNC referred to a committee a proposal "calling for an official debate on climate change".[195] On August 22, the resolutions committee voted to reject the proposal.[196]

Bullock qualification for first debate[edit]

After Bullock received 1% in an open-ended ABC News/Washington Post poll, controversy arose as the DNC's official qualification rules, published and updated on February 14 and May 9 respectively,[39] did not state whether open-ended polls would count towards qualification. The DNC later stated during rule guidance given on June 10 and 11,[80] that "polls based on open-ended questions will not be considered". This additional rule was initially orally communicated between DNC chairman Tom Perez and the Bullock campaign in March 2019, and was only publicly confirmed via a statement to a Politico reporter on June 6,[42] but was never confirmed in writing by any primary DNC sources ahead of the qualification deadline.[197]

On June 12, the Bullock campaign wrote a certification letter to the DNC claiming that Bullock qualified for participation in the first debate through the polling criteria (as they believed an open-ended poll from ABC News/Washington Post should be counted as a third qualifying poll - according to the official published rules).[198] Had Bullock been ultimately determined to have qualified by the DNC, then 21 total candidates would have qualified by the polling criteria, which would have triggered the tiebreak rules, leading to Bullock and Swalwell being tied equally for the last 20th spot with 1% as the highest polling average and three polls with a result at minimum 1%. In that scenario, the DNC would either have had to accept inviting 21 candidates, or invent a supplementing final tiebreak rule (for example, drawing lots for the last spot, or deciding the further tie by their number of unique donors).[197] Ultimately, Bullock was determined not to have qualified for the first debate,[32] though he qualified for the second debate.[82]

Debate protests[edit]

In both the second and third debates, protestors began chanting and interrupting the debate until they were removed from the venue. On the second night of the second debate, protesters motivated by the death of Eric Garner and the continued employment of Staten Island police officer Daniel Pantaleo shouted during de Blasio's opening remarks, and then entirely halted Booker's, disrupting the debate for nearly 30 seconds.[199] During the closing statements for September 12, in which candidates were asked to recall moments of resilience after a professional setback, protesters interrupted Joe Biden for approximately two minutes. According to Jess Davidson, they shouted "we are DACA recipients; our lives are at risk!"[200] The Trump campaign accused the protesters of having insensitive timing.[201]

Gabbard disputes with DNC[edit]

Throughout the 2020 Democratic primaries, Gabbard and her campaign have been involved in controversies regarding both an alleged lack of transparency and alleged rigging by the DNC.

Pollster selection and poll frequency[edit]

On August 23, Gabbard's campaign protested the failure of the DNC to release "their criteria for selecting the 16 polling organizations they deem 'certified’" for qualifying candidates for the third debate and said that "For the sake of democracy, those decisions must be made openly, with clear and consistent standards and a sufficient window of opportunity for candidates to demonstrate genuine grassroots momentum and enthusiasm."[202] In the campaign's statement, they listed 26 polls where Gabbard reached the 2% threshold and alleged that certain "DNC-certified" polls were rated lower than non-certified polls by organizations such as the American Research Group and FiveThirtyEight, and questioned why only four qualifying polls were released following the second debate, while fourteen were released following the first debate; and why only two polls were released in the first two weeks after Gabbard's "break-out appearance" in the second debate while six polls were released in the first two weeks after the first debate.[96][203] The campaign further argued that the lack of polling was “particularly harmful to candidates with lower name-recognition.”[96] They called on the DNC to revise the set of polls it considers for qualifying, citing "numerous irregularities in the selection and timing of those polls," and also asked them "to hold true to their promise and make adjustments to the process now to ensure transparency and fairness."[204][205][206]

The Williamson campaign has also criticized the lack of polling since July.[205]

Craig Hughes, adviser to the Bennet campaign, wrote to DNC Chairman Tom Perez requesting clarification on the process of how qualifications were set and what those would be for the remaining debates. "To date, the DNC has not provided information on how or why its unprecedented debate qualification requirements were set nor what the criteria will be for the eight future debates."[207] Steyer has also criticized the party's rules regarding which polls qualified toward the debate threshold.[208]

FiveThirtyEight analyzed which candidates would qualify for the third debates if changes to the DNC's rule set were made. If all polls would be considered regardless of quality, Gabbard would qualify with 9 polls and Tom Steyer with 7 polls.[209]

Qualifying polls for October debate[edit]

On September 8, a Washington Post/ABC News poll was released. An initial report from ABC claimed that Gabbard had not received the 2% necessary for the poll to count as a qualifying poll, but the Gabbard campaign announced that she had indeed received the 2% necessary for the poll to count as a qualifying poll, citing the Washington Post figures directly.[210][211] To further complicate matters, FiveThirtyEight claimed that it had received confirmation from the DNC that the poll did not count for Gabbard but the Gabbard campaign countered by stating that no official DNC ruling had been stated and that FiveThirtyEight did not name their source from the DNC.[212][213][214] Presently, no official DNC ruling has been made, but it is important to note that previously DNC policy has been passed down orally, and only confirmed later by statements to the press, without any official ruling, as was done with the Bullock controversy above.

The confusion stems from the fact that the poll data was presented with two columns, one of "all" adults, and one of "registered" voters, even though the question was only asked to those who "leaned" toward the Democratic party. Gabbard had 1% in the "all" column and 2% in the "registered" column. An identical DNC approved poll conducted on July 1 was also located in the data, but it is unclear which category was used for the qualification for the debates, as no candidate had 2% in one category and 1% in the other, although FiveThirtyEight claims the above DNC source told them the sample for the "debate qualification will be the adult sample", and Politico used the "registered" column for their data compilation.[215][101] Gabbard later reached 2% in two other qualifying polls, allowing her to qualify for the fourth debate.[123]

Threatened boycotts[edit]

On October 10, Gabbard threatened to boycott the fourth debate, saying that she believed the DNC and the media were rigging the election.[216] On October 14, Gabbard announced that she would be attending the debate.[217] On December 9, Gabbard announced that she would boycott the sixth debate, and that instead she would be prioritizing campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina.[218] She failed to qualify for the sixth debate by the deadline, December 12.[219]

Yang disputes[edit]

Throughout the 2020 campaign, Yang and his campaign have had various disputes about debate qualification and media coverage.

Microphone complaints in first debate[edit]

Yang, along with Williamson and Swalwell, complained of microphone problems not allowing them to speak unless called upon when other candidates seemed to be able to freely interject at all times, though NBC/MSNBC denied the claim.[220] The issues spurred frustration from Yang supporters and prompted #LetYangSpeak to trend on Twitter much of the following day.[221]

Yang qualification for third debate[edit]

After Andrew Yang had received what he considered to be his fourth qualifying poll, the DNC revealed that qualifying polls conducted by different organizations would not be counted separately if they were sponsored by the same DNC-approved sponsor. The ruling was controversially disclosed by the DNC on July 30, less than one day after Andrew Yang had obtained 2% in four polls, rather than on July 19 when the second of these polls had been completed.[222] In spite of this, Yang qualified for the third debate.[34]

Yang disputes with MSNBC[edit]

In the fifth debate, Andrew Yang did not receive his first question until 32 minutes into the debate and spoke for considerably less time than all the other invited candidates.[223] Yang and his supporters criticized the network for what they saw as an undemocratic process, prompting #MSNBCfearsYang to trend on Twitter the following day.[224] MSNBC asked Yang to join an undisclosed program the weekend of November 24, but Yang said he would not appear until the network "apologizes on-air" and "discusses and includes [his] campaign consistent with [his] polling".[225] In the following hours, #BoycottMSNBC trended on Twitter.[226] Yang ended his self-imposed boycott on December 27 by going on the TV show All in with Chris Hayes, stating "I decided that I'd prefer to speak to as many Americans as possible - our message is too important" on Twitter.[227]

Yang qualification for seventh debate[edit]

Yang requested for the DNC to conduct more early state polls in December due to a lack of early state polling by qualifying pollsters. The DNC rejected this idea saying that conducting its own polls would call into question its impartiality.[228]

Sixth debate labor disputes[edit]

The sixth debate was initially set to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles.[162] However, the DNC announced on November 6 that UCLA was no longer hosting the debate due to a labor dispute.[163]

Due to a Sodexo worker strike at the new venue, Loyola Marymount University, Elizabeth Warren announced that she would not attend the debate unless the labor dispute was resolved. All of the other qualifying candidates (Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, and Yang) then followed suit.[229][230] The dispute was resolved on December 17, allowing the debate to move forward.[231]

2020 debates rule change petition[edit]

Days before the December 2019 debate, for which Cory Booker did not qualify, he sent a petition to the other candidates' campaigns in which he urged the DNC to change the qualification requirements for the upcoming debates in 2020 so that more non-white candidates could participate. All candidates that qualified for the December debate as well as Julián Castro signed the petition. The DNC rejected the request to change the qualification criteria.[232][233] The petition cites the New Hampshire Democratic Party central committee which voted to urge the DNC to "lift the barriers" on participation in further debates.[234]

Seventh debate moderation controversies[edit]

During the seventh Democratic debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register, the wording of a series of questions from moderator Abby Phillip directed at senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren drew criticisms from various other news outlets and from supporters of Bernie Sanders. Following reports alleging that Sanders said to Warren in a 2018 private conversation that he did not believe that a woman could defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Sanders was given the question "CNN reported yesterday, and Senator Warren confirmed in a statement, that in 2018 you told her that you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?” Sanders stated in his reply "as a matter of fact, I didn't say it" and received the follow-up question from Phillip: "I do want to be clear here, you’re saying that you never told Senator Warren that a woman could not win the election?” to which Sanders replied "That is correct." Phillip's next question was directed at Elizabeth Warren, which was phrased: "Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?"[235][236]

MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Donny Deutsch criticized the question, describing it as "bizarre" and "a miss" respectively.[237] Senior reporter at HuffPost Zach Carter stated that he believes CNN "botched" the debate[238] and Matt Taibi from Rolling Stone described the moderation as "shameful" and "villainous."[239] Jeet Heer from The Nation commented that CNN was "the biggest loser of the night."[240] Washington Examiner senior commentary writer Becket Adams described Phillip's question as "a hatchet job."[241] The controversy also led to negative reactions on social media.[242] The Twitter hashtag "#CNNisTrash" became a trend following the debate.[243]


  1. ^ a b The drawing of lots happened from two tier groups (with the top tier comprising all qualified candidates with a polling average of over 2%, and the other tier comprising the rest), so that each tier was evenly split between each of the two debate nights.[69]
  2. ^ a b The drawing of lots happened from three tier groups (with the top tier comprising all qualified candidates with a polling average of over 15%), so that each tier was evenly split between each of the two debate nights.
  3. ^ a b c Candidate is not collecting ordinary donations, and thus could only possibly meet the criteria through sales of campaign merchandise.[160]
  4. ^ a b c 6 from national (7 including pollster repeats); 5 from early states
  5. ^ 6 from national (7 including pollster repeats); 4 from early states
  6. ^ 2 from national; 2 from early states
  7. ^ 3 from early states
  8. ^ 4 from national (5 including pollster repeats)
  9. ^ 2 from national


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