2016 Presidential Polls: When Is The First Democratic Debate? Full Schedule Now In Place

The 2016 presidential polls have already seen a number of ups and downs, swings this way and that. The first Republican debate was this past week, and it brought about a lot of things that many never expected. Carly Fiorina rose to the top, while Donald Trump finally had the chance to speak in full force. With that, the schedule for the first Democratic debate, and many after, has been set.

Tentative schedules for the primaries and caucuses for different states begin in February of 2016, but the first Democratic debate will take place in Nevada on October 13. Politico has revealed that it will be hosted by CNN, but it is just the first of six, and each will have a different sponsor through February.

  • October 13 – Nevada hosted by CNN
  • November 14 – Des Moines, Iowa hosted by CBS/KCCI and The Des Moines Resgister
  • December 19 – Manchester, New Hampshire hosted by ABC/WMUR
  • January 17 – Charleston, South Carolina hosted by NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute

Two more Democratic debates will take place in February or March in Miami, Florida, and Wisconsin. They will be hosted by Univision/The Washington Post and PBS, respectively. More details including exact locations and partnerships will be released soon.

A number of Democratic candidates were hoping that they would get more debates, and sooner than two months out from the first Republican debate. Only four debates will take place before the Iowa caucuses in February, and that is extremely disappointing to many.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee, released a statement stating what the debates will focus on.

“These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out-of-touch and out-of-date policies.”

Hillary Clinton is sure to be the focus of a lot of attention as the debate draws closer, and even long before that time. The four other candidates that will take part in the Democratic debates are Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee, and Martin O’Malley. That’s a lot different than the 17 candidates taking part in back-to-back Republican debates.

On another note, Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff has been included on all communications from the DNC about planning of debates, and that’s just in case he decides to throw his hat into the ring.

The 2016 presidential polls have already seen a lot of fluctuating, but there is so much more to come. The Republicans have already had their first debate, and the Democrat’s first debate is a little over two months away, but there is so much more to come.

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