Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the seventh Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
NPI staff are watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses, which will take place over the course of several hours in Des Moines, Iowa.
CNN is the media partner for this DNC-sanctioned debate.
The network’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip as well as The Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel are the moderators for the debate. Blitzer has a lousy reputation as a moderator and we’ll be watching closely to see how many questions he asks that are framed using right wing ideas.
“In order to qualify for the debate, candidates needed to meet both polling and fundraising minimums,” CNN’s debate guide explains.
“For the polling criteria, candidates needed to receive 5% in at least four DNC-approved national or early state (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) polls, or receive 7% in two early state polls.”
“Candidates also needed to receive donations from at least 225,000 unique donors, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least twenty different states.” Most of the candidates still seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States didn’t meet this criteria.
The six who did and will appear onstage tonight are as follows:
- Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders vof Vermont
- U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Billionaire Tom Steyer
Our live coverage begins below.