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Friday, June 14th, 2019

NBC announces debate lineups for initial Democratic debates on June 26th and 27th

Following the Democratic National Committee’s announcement that twenty candidates have qualified for the initial Democratic debates, NBC has unveiled its debate lineups. Each consists of ten candidates who will share a stage on a different night at the end of the month in Miami.

Here are the lineups.

NIGHT ONE, Wednesday, June 26:

  • Cory Booker
  • Bill de Blasio
  • Julián Castro
  • John Delaney
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Jay Inslee
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Tim Ryan
  • Elizabeth Warren

NIGHT TWO, Thursday, June 27:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Joe Biden
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Kamala Harris
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Eric Swalwell
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang

The two top polling candidates — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders — will appear onstage together on the second night.

They’ll be joined by Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who are also in the top tier of the large field, according to polling averages.

The only candidate currently polling in double digits who will appear on the stage the first night is Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Each debate lineup includes at least three United States Senators (yes, 7% of the United States Senate is currently running for President), one governor or former governor, and one mayor. Each also includes at least one United States Representative and one candidate who presently holds no elected office.

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana did not qualify for the initial debates, but he could qualify in July. Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts also failed to make the cut, prompting many political observers on cable television to suggest he end his campaign, which the evidence suggests is getting no traction.

NBC has tapped five — yes, five — moderators for the debates: Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart. Both debates will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

Three channels will carry the debates: NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

Each debate will begin at 6 PM Pacific Time and conclude two hours later. That’s four hours of live primetime programming devoted to a discussion of Democratic values and policy directions on back-to-back nights.

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