DemDaily: Update on the 2020 Debates!

February 3, 2020

This week promises to be an historic one in national politics and for our country.

Yesterday the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, today the impeachment trial of President Trump continues, and tonight we will know the results of the Iowa Caucus, the first voting test of the Democratic Presidential primary candidates.

(Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney TV)

Tuesday will resume the impeachment trial in the US Senate and Tuesday night the President will deliver the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address. On Wednesday, President Trump is expected to be acquittedon the Article of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress, as impeached by the US House.

The week will close with the eighth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate on Friday, held in Manchester, New Hampshire, just four days ahead of the New Hampshire Presidential primaries on February 11th.

Debate Download
In the eighth of 12 Democratic primary debates scheduled over the 2020 presidential election, the DNC has added a new, alterative qualifying option of meeting a delegate threshold following the first caucus of the primary season.

Eighth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Date February 7, 2020, Friday
Time 8:00pm to 11:00pm ET
Location Manchester, New Hampshire . Saint Anslem College
ABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor and managing editor David Muir, and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis. WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV news anchor Monica Hernandez will also join.
Live Streaming ABC News Live, Apple News, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Xumo, Facebook, Twitter
Candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang
1) Meet a Delegate Threshold of having been allocated at least one pledged National Convention Delegate from the February 3, 2020 Iowa caucuses.
2) Meet one of two Polling Thresholds
Four-Poll Threshold: Receive 5% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) or
Early State Polling Threshold: Receive 7% or more support in two single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada and
Deadline Qualifying polls must be released between December 13, 2019, and February 6, 2020

For the ninth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, February 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada, the rules shift again, taking out the grassroots donor requirement altogether.

Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg and Biden (WHOTV)

The rationale is that now that the actual voting has begun, the metric of grassroots support achieved through contributions is no longer necessary.

The change, most notably, provides a path for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to qualify for a debate for the first time. Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $61.5 billion, is entirely self-funding his campaign and not accepting contributions.

To qualify for the stage in Las Vegas, candidates must meet a Delegate Threshold or one of two national and early state polling thresholds in, which have near-doubled in number.

Ninth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
Date February 19, 2020, Wednesday
Time 6:00pm to 8:00 pm PT / 9:00pm to 11:00pm ET
Las Vegas, Nevada. Paris Theater
Networks/Host NBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent
Live Streaming NBC News' digital properties, including NBC News NOW,,, NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps. Available live in Spanish language on Universo, the Noticias Telemundo mobile app, and the Noticias Telemundo properties on

Candidates To Be Determined
Qualifications 1) Meet a Delegate Threshold of having been allocated at least one pledged National Convention Delegate from the February 3, 2020 Iowa caucuses, or the February 11, 2020 New Hampshire primary.

2) Meet one of two Polling Thresholds
Four-Poll Threshold: Receive 10% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls of South Carolina, and/or Nevada) or
Early State Polling Threshold: Receive 12% or more support in two single-state polls in South Carolina and/or Nevada.
Deadline Qualifying polls must be released between January 15, 2020 and February 18, 2020

Qualifying Poll Sponsors: Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; New York Times; Nevada Independent/Mellman Group; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University.

Klobuchar, Steyer and Yang (LA Times)

Remaining Presidential Debate Calendar
February 25, 2020: Tenth Democratic Primary Debate
Charleston, South Carolina. The Gaillard Center
Hosts: CBS, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute
and  Twitter
March, 2020: Eleventh Democratic Primary Debate
April, 2020: Twelfth Democratic Primary Debate

July 13-16, 2020:  Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 24-27, 2020: Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina

September 29, 2020:  First Presidential Debate in Notre Dame, Indiana
October 7, 2020:  Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah
October 15, 2020:  Second Presidential Debate in Ann Arbor, Michigan
October 22, 2020:  Third Presidential Debate in Nashville, Tennessee
November 3, 2020: Election Day

Related: DemDaily: The 2020 Campaign Calendar! 1/2/29

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