What You Should Know: 3rd Democratic Primary Debates

[last update: 8/29/2019]

The 2020 Presidential Election is upon us. The road to election day (November 3, 2020) will be a long one indeed. In order to winnow the unprecedented 24 Democratic candidates, 12 primary debates will be held among this enormous field.

If you’re just joining the race now, check out my summary of the first and second debates, which include the full transcript of each.

When and Where?

The third Democratic Primary Debate will be held Thursday, September 12th from 8:00pm11:00pm ET at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. 

How to Watch?

The debates will be aired live on ABC and Univision. You will also be able stream the debates live from ABCNews.com as well as the ABC app, Facebook Watch, Hulu Live, and the Roku Channel.

Who Qualified?

Since the last debate in July, 6 candidates have dropped out of the race. They include: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Gravel, John Hickenlooper,  Jay Inslee, Rep. Seth Moulton, and Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Of the remaining 18 candidates, 10 met the qualifications for the third debate. Candidates were required to have a minimum of 130,000 individual donors and have at least 2% support in four qualifying national polls. Those who met those requirements and will appear on stage include: 

Joe Biden, Jr

Sen. Cory Booker

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Julian Castro

Sen. Kamala Harris

Sen. Amy Kloubuchar

Beto O’Rourke

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Andrew Yang

This marks the first time in the Democratic primary that all candidates will appear on one stage. However, since the qualifications for the October debate are the same as this, it may not be the last time we see the debates split into two nights.

Astor, Maggie. “It’s Official: September Democratic Debate Will Be Only One Night.” New York Times. Aug 29, 2019.

Karson, Kendall. “Here’s How the 3rd 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Works.” ABC News. Aug 28, 2019.