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2020 Democratic Party presidential debates and forums

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In December 2018, the Democratic National Committee released a tentative schedule of presidential debates[1][2] and forums starting in June 2019.


As of December, 2018, 131 people have declared themselves candidates for the Democratic nomination,[3] and most of these are not planning to go any further than registering with the Federal Election Commission and are not considered by the DNC to be "qualified."

According to Chairman Tom Perez, "Qualified" candidates will be determined, not just on on polling, but also other factors, including "grassroots fundraising." The official list of qualified candidates will be determined in some sort of public forum in the spring of 2019.[4]


Free for alls[edit]

with up to 30 potential "qualified" candidates, the DNC said the first two debates "may occur over multiple consecutive nights." The candidates for each night will be selected in a public lottery.

  • June
  • July

Settling the field[edit]

For these, the qualifications will be a bit more stringent.

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Depending on what happens on "Super Tuesday, the DNC plans to add at least two more

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April


There will also be a series of forums, in which the candidates will appear separately and not interact formally with each other.

People’s Action, a national network of progressive organizations, will host the candidate events in three early nominating states — Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada — in September and October 2019.[5]


  1. "Democrats To Hold First Presidential Debate In June, Just 6 Months From Now". NPR.org.
  2. "Democrats have many 2020 prospects. Our 12 debates will help them and voters: Tom Perez". USA TODAY.
  3. "List of registered 2020 presidential candidates". Ballotpedia.
  4. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/politics/2020-democrats-debates/index.html
  5. Siders, David. "Progressive groups plan gauntlet for 2020 Democrats". POLITICO.

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