2020 Debate #1

When and where is the first Democratic debate?
The debate will take place on June 26 and 27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

The two-night event is hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, and will air live across all three from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m ET both nights. The debate will also stream online free on NBC News' digital platforms, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, in addition to Telemundo's digital platforms.

Who are the debate moderators?
Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debate.

Both debate nights will have the same format. Lester Holt, the anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" and "Dateline NBC," will moderate the first hour with Savannah Guthrie, the co-anchor of "Today" and NBC News' chief legal analyst, and Jose Diaz-Balart, the anchor of "Noticias Telemundo" and "NBC Nightly News Saturday," will appearing alongside them.

Lester Holt will also appear in the second hour, with Chuck Todd, NBC News' political director and the moderator of "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd," and Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, will be moderating.

Who will likely qualify for the debate?
The Democratic National Committee set two ways for candidates to qualify — fundraising and polling. Candidate fundraising information is still being officially vetted by the Democratic National Committee. In the meantime, the candidates whose campaigns say they've qualified under both criteria include:

Former Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington
Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Author Marianne Williamson

How will the candidates be divided over two nights?
Each night of the Democratic debates will feature 10 candidates. According to the Democratic National Committee, the participants for each night will be chosen at random – but will be done in a way to ensure that both night's groups feature an even mix of candidates.


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