FIRST 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

  • WHEN: Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27, from 9:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST
  • WHERE: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
  • HOW: Live streaming coverage on CBSN, broadcast on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The first round of Democratic candidates for president will face off in a debate tonight in Miami.

Ten candidates will take part in tonight’s debate, and the other 10 will be heard Thursday.

To qualify for the first debate in Miami, candidates had to fulfill one of two criteria: either get 65,000 donors to their campaigns, with at least 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain at least 1% in three polls recognized as legitimate by the committee.

Because so many of the contenders qualified for the first round of debate, the Democrats will be split into two groups across two consecutive nights totaling four hours. Ten candidates were randomly chosen to appear on each night.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, are in the first round. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, will be in the second.

The unusual two-night set up resulted from the large field of Democratic candidates looking to take on President Donald Trump.

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