Dec 31, 2019

Trump set to counter-program January's Democratic debate with Wisconsin rally

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President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Jan. 14, countering a Democratic presidential debate set for the same night in Iowa, per AP.

What's happening: CNN and The Des Moines Register are sponsoring the first Democratic presidential debate of 2020 that night at Drake University in Des Moines.

  • The rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena will be Trump's second in less than a week. His first 2020 rally is in Toledo, Ohio, on Jan. 9.

The context: All three events could unfold against the backdrop of Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.

Go deeper: Who has qualified for the January Democratic debate

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DNC to reschedule January debate if it conflicts with impeachment trial

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said the party will reschedule its Jan. 14 debate if it conflicts with President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Three 2020 candidates who have qualified for the debate in Des Moines, Iowa are senators, and will serve as jurors in the upcoming trial: Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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Tom Steyer qualifies for January debate

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Six candidates have qualified for the seventh Democratic debate, scheduled for Jan. 14, newly including billionaire Tom Steyer as of Thursday.

What's new: Steyer qualified for the debate after an apparent spike in early state polls in South Carolina and Nevada. He tied alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren for third place in Nevada, with both candidates hitting 12%. In South Carolina, Steyer landed in second place at 15%, but widely trailed behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who led the poll at 36%.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Jan 9, 2020

Seventh Democratic debate drew in 7.3 million viewers

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Tuesday's Democratic debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines register was watched by 7.3 million viewers, early data released by Nielsen Media Research shows.

Why it matters: The seventh Democratic debate was watch by slightly more people than the past few debates, which attracted viewers in the six million range. That boost could be for several reasons, including big news events such as President Trump being impeached and the killing of Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani. But viewership is still way down from first few debates — which averaged about 12 million viewers each.

Go deeper: 4 takeaways from the 7th Democratic debate

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