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 qualified 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. 

Wednesday Debate (from left to right on the debate stage):

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
  • Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney

Thursday Debate (from left to right on the debate stage):

  • Author and activist Marianne Williamson
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  • California Rep. Eric Swalwell


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