How to Watch CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debates

The second round, which takes place on July 30-31, will feature 20 candidates in total.

Last Updated: July 31, 2019 @ 4:26 PM

The top 20 Democratic presidential candidates will face off once again in a two-day, televised debate hosted by CNN this week.

Filmed live at the Fox Theater in Detroit, the debates will take place on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET each night. CNN’s Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper will moderate both evenings.

How to watch

The debates will air on CNN and CNN en Español and can be streamed online for free via or CNN’s app.

Who’s debating?

Tonight’s debate will include 10 candidates: Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, and Bill de Blasio.

Last night’s debate featured Marianne Williamson; Tim Ryan; Amy Klobuchar; Pete Buttigieg; Bernie Sanders; Elizabeth Warren; Beto O’Rourke; John Hickenlooper; John Delany; and debate newcomer Steve Bullock.

What’s the format?

Each candidate will have 60 seconds to respond to a question from the moderators. Candidates who are attacked by name will also receive 30 seconds to respond, while those who consistently interrupt others will have their allotted response times reduced, according to CNN’s debate rules. Moderators will not ask any “show of hands” questions or those that require a one-word response.

The next Democratic debates are scheduled to take place on Sept. 12-13 in Houston.


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