How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

It’s back! Tonight marks the start of the Democrats’ second primary debate, which will once again feature 20 leading candidates for the party's presidential nomination going at each other over the course of two nights.This time, the event takes place at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, and CNN is playing host. The action kicks off at 8 pm ET on Tuesday, July 30, when the first 10 candidates take the stage. The debates continue with the remaining 10 at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, July 31. CNN hosts Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper will moderate both nights.

The Lineups

Twenty candidates qualified for the July debate. Like the first round , they needed to meet a certain DNC-mandated threshold, either by reaching 1 percent in at least three polls or by receiving campaign contributions from at least 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors in at least 20 states. There’s only one new name in the lineup this time around: Montana governor Steve Bullock. He takes the place of California representative Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the race earlier this month.

Also like the first debate, qualifying candidates have been randomly split into two groups of 10. This time, however, the draw was divided into three tiers based on polling, in order to more evenly distribute the candidates according to strength. CNN aired a live draw on July 18 to determine the lineups for each night.

Debating on Tuesday, July 30:

Steve Bullock, governor of MontanaPete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, IndianaJohn Delaney, former representative from MarylandJohn Hickenlooper, former governor of ColoradoAmy Klobuchar, senator from MinnesotaBeto O’Rourke, former representative from TexasTim Ryan, representative from OhioBernie Sanders, senator from VermontElizabeth Warren, senator from MassachusettsMarianne Williamson, activist

Debating on Wednesday, July 31:

Michael Bennet, senator from ColoradoJoe Biden, former vice presidentCory Booker, senator from New JerseyJulian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretaryBill de Blasio, mayor of New York CityTulsi Gabbard, representative from HawaiiKirsten Gillibrand, senator from New YorkKamala Harris, senator from CaliforniaJay Inslee, governor of WashingtonAndrew Yang, tech entrepreneur

How to Watch

Unlike the presidential debates, which are simulcast across all the major networks, primary debates—for either party—are hosted by a rotating cast of news organizations. The second Democratic debate is being broadcast by CNN, and the 24-hour cable news network offers a number of ways to tune in.

First, cable and satellite TV subscribers can watch CNN for live coverage of the debates beginning at 8 pm ET. The debate is scheduled to last about two and a half hours each night, and CNN plans on airing plenty of analysis afterward.

If you’ve cut the cord, no problem—CNN is also streaming the debates live across its digital platforms, and you can watch without needing to log in with a cable provider. Your options include CNN’s homepage, CNN’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, and the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.Have plans already either night? CNN is also making the debates available to stream on demand the next day via CNNgo and the mobile apps.

What to Expect

This debate’s draw features a number of matchups that excite people who get excited about this stuff. Progressive candidates Warren and Sanders meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday. Harris and Biden face each other again Wednesday, after a memorable exchange in the first debate.