CNN Gets a Second Democratic Debate

The cable channel will host alongside the New York Times

Last Updated: September 13, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

After hosting the second Democratic primary debate in July, CNN is slated to host the fourth as well, the network announced Friday.

This one will be hosted in conjunction with the New York Times and will take place October 15 and possibly 16, if there is need for a second night.

The event will air live from the campus of Otterbein University in Ohio. CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and New York Times National Editor Marc Lacey will be debate moderators.

The fundraising and polling thresholds each candidate needs to meet to qualify for the October debate include a 2% polling threshold in four DNC-approved polls and at least 130,000 unique donors, including 400 donors per state from at least 20 states.

According to CNN, these are the 11 candidates who say they’ve reached the requirements: Former vice president Joe Biden, Senator. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Senator Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang.

The first night of CNN’s first Democratic debate in July drew 8.7 million viewers on CNN and Spanish-language offering CNN en Espanol. That tally was way less than the 15.3 million total viewers the first round pulled on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo the previous month. The second night averaged 10.722 million total viewers, 3.031 million of whom were adults aged 25-54, which was a 23% increase over the previous night.

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