CNN sets lineups for second round of Democratic debates

In this image, Bernie Sanders stands between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
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.

Joe Biden: "I wasn't prepared" for attack from Kamala Harris

In an interview with CNN, Joe Biden told Chris Cuomo that "I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn't prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at ..." referencing Kamala Harris' attack on his history with racial issues in last week's Democratic debate.

The big picture: Joe Biden had previously shied away from doing interviews as he leads the Democratic field in the polls.