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Get the Popcorn Ready, America: 2020 Dems Will Debate on Back-to-Back Nights

The DNC also announced that they would host 12 presidential debates with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

By NTK Staff | 12.20.2018 @1:41pm
Get the Popcorn Ready, America: 2020 Dems Will Debate on Back-to-Back Nights

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez has come up with a debate solution for dealing with the 40-plus potential Democratic presidential hopefuls – host debates on back-to-back nights.

That’s right, instead of having any undercard debates earlier in the evening like the Republican National Committee (RNC) did in 2016, the DNC has decided to stretch the entertainment of debates into multiple nights.

According to Politico:

“DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced on Thursday that the party would split up candidates by random selection and host debates on consecutive nights if there were too many candidates, opting not to try to fit them all on one stage or sort debate appearance by polling numbers.”

“The critical imperative is making sure everyone feels their candidate got a fair shot,” Perez said, according to Politico.

Perez also didn’t seem to mind the prospect of so many candidates seeking the party’s nomination, calling it a “first-class challenge to have.”

However, Perez did say that every Democratic candidate running in 2020 will automatically qualify for the debates.

According to Politico:

“There will be a viability threshold, but Perez emphasized it would not only be based on polling numbers, as the Republicans did in 2016. He said the formula for viability hadn’t been finalized but would look at signs for grassroots energy, such as small-dollar donations.”

“It is unclear if the DNC will use national polling, early state polling or some combination in its determination of viability. The DNC did not respond to an inquiry.”

The DNC also announced that they would be host 12 presidential debates with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

The debates will be evenly split, with six occurring in 2019 and six in 2020.

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