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How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Debate

Hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, six Democratic candidates will participate in tonight’s debate.

CNN Democratic Presidential Debate

CNN Democratic Presidential Debate


The seventh Democratic primary debate — the first of 2020 and the last before the Iowa caucuses — airs tonight (Tuesday, January 14) at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, coming live from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. This debate is hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register.

The Candidates

Six Democratic candidates have qualified to participate in this debate:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont)
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)

To be invited to this debate, candidates needed to receive at least 7% in two separate Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved polls — or 5% in four DNC approved polls from the four earliest primary and caucus states, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada — and contributions from at least 225,000 unique donors.

After participating in December’s debate, Entrepreneur Andrew Yang failed to meet the polling requirement for this one. Again, Billionaire and Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t meet either requirement, as his strategy does not include seeking campaign donations or poll approval.

Sen. Michael Bennet (Colorado), Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), and Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also didn’t make the cut.

Since December’s debate, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey), and Author Marianne Williamson have dropped out of the race.

The Moderators

This debate will be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip and The Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel.

Where and How to Watch

There are a number of opportunities to watch the Democratic debate.

The event will be broadcast on CNN, as well as livestreamed on CNN.com, DesMoinesRegister.com, and Democrats.org. CNN will also be streaming the debate across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, as well as via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. The debate can also be heard on can be heard on CNN’s SiriusXM XChannels and the Westwood One Radio Network.

The politics team at NPR.org will also be offering fact checks and live analysis throughout the night.

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