Jul 19, 2019

CNN sets lineups for second round of Democratic debates

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris on debate night in Miami on June 27. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

CNN has determined the schedule for the second round of 2020 Democratic debates, which will take place July 30-31 in Detroit.

Details: A live, random drawing during a "special edition" of Anderson Cooper 360 kicked off the debate lineup on Thursday. CNN said that both nights will have at least 2 top-tier candidates. Each candidate's podium position on debate night will be based on public polling, per CNN.

July 30: Steve Bullock, Elizabeth Warren, Tim Ryan, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg.

July 31: Bill de Blasio, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Michael Bennet, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang and Julián Castro.

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4 big moments from Night 1 of the second Democratic debate

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In the absence of frontrunner Joe Biden, the first night of the second round of Democratic presidential debates on Tuesday saw former Rep. John Delaney, who is polling at less than 1%, assume the unlikely role of moderate foil to progressive heavyweights Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

The big picture: CNN moderators largely (and predictably) framed the debate as whether Democrats are drifting too far to the left with policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal proposal and free college tuition. Those that expected Warren and Sanders to turn on one another were likely disappointed — the pair spent most of the night tag teaming moderates like Delaney, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Rep. Tim Ryan, urging them to dream big on policy and "stop using Republican talking points."

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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

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The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

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