The eighth Democratic primary debate gets underway tonight at 8 pm EST (5 pm PST) in Manchester, New Hampshire, just a few days before the state’s first-in-nation primary on Tuesday .The eighth Democratic primary debate is being hosted by ABC and its New Hampshire affiliate WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
Who’s Debating WhomSimilar to last week’s debate in Nevada, candidates could qualify for tonight’s event by meeting either a delegate threshold—that is, by getting at least one delegate from any of the states to vote so far—or by reaching polling thresholds released by the Democratic National Committee earlier this month.On Tuesday morning, the DNC and CBS News announced that seven candidates qualified for the South Carolina debate. They are, in alphabetical order:
- Joe Biden, former vice president
- Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York
- Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana
- Amy Klobuchar, US senator from Minnesota
- Bernie Sanders, US senator from Vermont
- Tom Steyer, billionaire investor
- Elizabeth Warren, US senator from Massachusetts
Perhaps it would be better for the candidates to focus on issues like education, trade policies, and how they would propose to lead the country in the event of oh, say, a new disease epidemic . But with Sanders solidifying his status as front-runner after the Nevada caucus last Saturday, he’s now the candidate to beat—and to target in what have been increasingly contentious debates.How to WatchUnlike the presidential debates, which are simulcast across all the major networks, primary debates—for either party—air on a rotating cast of news organizations. The tenth Democratic primary debate is being hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.
The moderators for the evening will be Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King, CBS News announced, with Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett, and Bill Whitaker also posing questions at different points in the evening. Viewers could also submit questions for tonight via Twitter using the hashtag #DemDebate. There will be no opening or closing statements from the candidates, just the usual question and answer format. The whole thing is expected to last two hours.
The debate kicks off at 8 pm Eastern (5 pm Pacific) on CBS stations; check your local listings. If you’ve cut the cord, don’t worry—there are still plenty of options to watch: