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September Democratic debate: who is debating, what time, how to watch



10 Democratic 2020 presidential candidates will gather on one stage in Houston, Texas for the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC on September 12, 2019.

The September debate will be the first time all debate qualifiers will fit on stage. 20 candidates qualified for both the June debates hosted by NBC and the July debates hosted by CNN, and were split up between two nights.

But the DNC set much stricter thresholds for candidates to qualify for the September and October primary debates, requiring contenders to secure 130,000 unique donors and reach 2% in four DNC-approved polls.

The Democratic primary field is significantly winnowing down as candidates fail to make the debate requirements.

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In the past few weeks, former Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out to run for US Senate in Colorado, Gov. Jay Inslee quit the race to run for a third term as governor of Washington, and Rep. Seth Moulton also left the race to run for re-election in Massachusetts.

And on August 28, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ended her campaign after failing to qualify for the September debate by the deadline.

Who will be on the stage:

The 10 candidates who qualified will appear on stage in the following order from left to right, as determined by their polling averages:

ABC Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, “World News Tonight” host David Muir, ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis, and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will moderate the debate, ABC announced.

What time the debate will start:

The September 12 debate will be hosted at Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston. It will begin at 8 PM ET and run for three hours until 11 PM, ABC said.

Candidates will have 75 seconds to answer questions and 45 seconds to answer follow-up questions or deliver rebuttals when another candidate mentions them by name.

ABC said that candidates will deliver opening statements at the beginning of the debate but will not give closing statements.

How to watch:

The debate will air live on ABC and in Spanish on Univision. The event will also be live-streamed on, Good Morning America, and, and can be viewed on all ABC mobile, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon TV apps. ABC will also be streaming the debate on its Facebook Watch, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

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