The seventh Democratic Debate is taking place tonight, January 14, 2020, from Iowa. This debate is taking place in Iowa because it's the last debate before the first State gets to vote in this primary, which is indeed, Iowa.
The Iowa caucuses are on February 3. Which makes this debate a pretty important one, heading into the primary season. The debate will start at 9PM EST/6PM PST tonight.
Who's on the debate stage?
This is going to be the smallest debate yet, as we get closer to finding a nominee to take on President Trump in November. With just six candidates hitting the stage.
These candidates include former vice president, Joe Biden; former mayor, Pete Buttigieg; US Senator, Amy Klobuchar; US Senator, Bernie Sanders, US Senator, Elizabeth Warren and billionaire, Tom Steyer.
This is is also the first debate that will have zero minorities represented. This is not everyone that is still in the race, just those that met the DNC's requirements for the January debate. Candidates like Mike Bloomberg and Andrew Yang failed to get the polling requirement. While others like Cory Booker and Maryanne Williamson recently dropped out of the race.
How can I watch the Democratic debate?
Like the previous Democratic Debates, this one will not be available across all of the major networks. This time, it will be co-hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. And it'll take place at Drake University, in Des Moines.
Moderators for this debate will be Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip from CNN, along with Brianne Pfannenstiel who is the Register's chief politics reporter.
Since this is being broadcast on CNN, you can of course watch it on CNN. But if you don't have cable, don't worry, you can still watch the debate without having to sign up for anything.
Much like previous debates, you'll be able to watch the Democratic debate on CNN.com as well as desmoinesregister.com. Or you can use their apps on Android and iOS. If you want to watch it on the big screen, you can use the CNNgo app to watch the debate. Which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV. And no, you don't need to be a subscriber to watch the debate through the CNNgo app.
The reason for making the debates free for everyone to watch, is because it is an important part of our democracy. So even if you are a cord cutter, you're going to be able to watch the debates without signing up for anything. Not only the Democratic debates, but the general election Presidential Debates later this year.
It's important to note that while tonight might be the last time these candidates take the stage before the primaries begin, it won't be the final debate. The DNC has three more scheduled debates, for February! So there's still a long race to the finish line for these candidates.