The first Democratic presidential primary debate gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night with many voters already asking, “When is the next Democratic debate?”
With two GOP debates already in the books, it is finally time for the Democrats to play catch-up. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton will face off with Bernie Sanders and four other Democratic presidential candidates on October 13, with five more debates to follow before the Democratic National Convention in July.
According to the Democratic National Committee there will be two more debates in 2015 and three are scheduled in 2016. In comparison, there will be nine more Republican debates over the next six months, with the next GOP debate scheduled for October 28.
Here’s the latest information on the Democratic presidential debates, including online viewing information for Monday night’s first debate hosted by CNN.
Monday, October 13 — 8:30 p.m. ET: The first debate, moderated by anchor Anderson Cooper, will air on CNN and will live stream free on CNNgo, with no cable subscription necessary.
Prior to the debate, Cooper will broadcast live from the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Democratic presidential primary debate will be held. Watch Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
Anderson Cooper will be joined by Juan Carlos Lopez and Dana Bash who will be asking questions during the debate. Voters who submit their questions for the candidates through CNN’s Facebook page may get them answered tonight — Don Lemon will be selecting some of the questions and presenting them to candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee.
Saturday, November 14: The second Democratic presidential primary debate will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and will air on CBS with the start time to be announced in the coming weeks. The moderator for the second debate is John Dickerson, CBS News’ political director and the host of Face the Nation.
The network has not announced if it will offer free live stream coverage of the debate, but if you have a cable TV subscription (FiOs, Comcast, Cox), CBS All Access is currently offering a one-month free trial in 101 cities across the nation.
Saturday, December 19, 2015: The last debate of 2015 will take place in Manchester, New Hampshire. Broadcast by ABC News and WMUR-TV, the start time, venue, and moderators have yet to be announced.
Sunday, January 17, 2016: Ring in the new year with the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2017. The start time and moderators have not been announced yet, but the debate will be held at the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, and will air on NBC.
Thursday, February 11, 2016: The fifth debate will be held in Wisconsin and broadcast on Univision and the Washington Post. Start time, moderators, and venue have yet to be announced.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Hosted by PBS, the final debate will be held in Miami, Florida. Start time, moderators,and venue will be announced at a later date.
If you don’t have a Twitter account, it’s a great time to get one. According to USA Today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be live tweeting during the first Democratic presidential primary debate on October 13, and it’s likely he will tweet during the next five debates.
Trump, who is the GOP frontrunner, expects the first Democratic debate to be a “very boring two hours,” but his tweets may keep the event from being a snooze-fest. According to Salon, the event is expected to be low-key, with candidate Bernie Sanders recently telling the press that he looks forward to “an exchange of ideas” with Hillary Clinton. Of course, just about everything is low-key when Trump isn’t on stage.
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