DNC confirms six scheduled 2016 primary debates
In a statement earlier today, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman released plans to hold six primary debates among the Democratic presidential hopefuls. Four of the debates will take place in the early primary states, with two having a location yet to be determined.
Report from CNN:
Democrats will announce Tuesday six presidential primary debates, giving long shots a potential opportunity to share the debate stage with frontrunner Hillary Clinton, CNN has learned.
The Democratic National Committee has plans for debates to occur in the early-contest states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The two other locations will be decided at a later date. [Emphasis added]
“Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress — no matter whom our nominee may be,” said DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who confirmed debate details in a statement shortly after CNN broke this story.
The DNC will set the criteria for debate inclusion and any candidate who participates in a separate debate outside of the sanctioning process will be barred from future DNC debates, a Democratic official told CNN.
The official said that the DNC decided six debates was a reasonable number and in line with what the national committee sanctioned in 2008. The debate process won’t begin until the fall, according to the official, because that is “when voters are truly beginning to pay attention.”
The Democratic debates will be sponsored by state Democratic parties, civic groups, and national and local broadcast media. Details including specific dates and broadcast networks for each debate will be announced at a later date, the official said.
As noted, the venues and specific locations have not been set. Furthermore, we don’t have a date for the first debate other than they will begin “in the fall” of 2015.
The 2015/2016 Democratic Debate Schedule has been updated to reflect the new information we have. Once we get details such as the dates, times, and television sponsors, we will update further.