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How to watch the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate

The top Democratic presidential primary candidates are in Houston this week for the third Democratic debate. Thursday’s match-up could show more confrontation between leading contenders, as only 10 candidates qualified this time around.

This will be the first time that the top two polling candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren, face off against each other on the debate stage.

How to watch the third 2020 Democratic debate

  • Date: Thursday, September 12
  • Time: 8 to 11 p.m. ET
  • Location: Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • TV Channel: ABC and Univision
  • Free online stream:, Good Morning America and FiveThirtyEight websites and mobile phone apps
  • Analysis: Watch CBSN for live coverage of the debates before, during and after
    Follow live: CBS News debate live blog for real-time updates
  • How do the Democratic candidates qualify for the debate?
  • Candidates must receive 2% or more support in at least four polls, which may be national polls or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
  • Candidates also must receive donations from at least 130,000 unique donors, with at least 400 donors per state in at least 20 states.

Third Democratic debate rules
According to ABC News, candidates will have one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Candidates will have the opportunity to deliver opening statements, but there will be no closing statements.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
California Senator Kamala Harris
Businessman Andrew Yang
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
Candidates who did not qualify for the debate
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet
Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
Philanthropist and activist Tom Steyer
Author Marianne Williamson
Fourth Democratic debate scheduled for October
The Democratic National Committee will hold its fourth primary debate on October 15 in Ohio. If more than 10 candidates qualify for the debate, there will be a second night October 16.

Campaigns will have until 11:59 p.m. ET on October 1 to meet donor and polling thresholds to qualify. The thresholds to qualify are the same as the thresholds for the September 12 debate, meaning that a candidate who did not qualify for the September debate could reach the polling and donor thresholds to qualify for the October debate.

First published on September 11, 2019 / 10:12 AM

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