How to watch Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate

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Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls will take the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday for the sixth Democratic debate.

Co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, the event at Loyola Marymount University is set to begin at 8 p.m ET. It will be the last debate of 2019.

The event is officially a “go” after a labor dispute that threatened to derail it was settled. The dispute involved Sodexo, the food service provider for Loyola Marymount University, and its workers, with the Democratic candidates pledging to boycott rather than cross a picket line.

How to watch the next Democratic debate
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Loyola Marymount University — Los Angeles, California
TV Channel: PBS
Online Stream: Watch the debate on YouTube or, or on fuboTV (start a free trial)
Analysis: Watch CBSN for live coverage of the debate before, during and after

Which candidates qualified for the debate?
The field of candidates appearing on stage at the presidential debates continues to shrink as the campaign continues. Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, dropped out of the race earlier this month, while eight other Democrats failed to qualify, including Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

The two newest entrants into the race, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also not be on stage.

Here are the seven candidates who will appear

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

How do the Democratic candidates qualify for the debate?
The criteria to qualify for Thursday’s debate was raised once again. Candidates needed to certify they have at least 200,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 800 donors in 20 different states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia. Democratic presidential hopefuls also had to reach either 4% in at least four national or early-state polls, or reach 6% in two early-state polls.

First published on December 16, 2019 / 5:35 PM

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