(Good luck, Senator Sanders!)
Didn’t we just have a debate? Oh yeah, a month ago. The cycle is now 13 months and still 9 more to go!
ABC News is the host of the eighth Democratic primary debate of the campaign cycle in partnership with Apple News and Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV, ABC’s affiliate station in New Hampshire. It will take place at Saint Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Debate mods are Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, “World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir and ABC News Live Anchor Linsey Davis. Joining them are WMUR-TV Political Director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV News Anchor Monica Hernandez.
Candidates have one minute and 15 seconds to answer direct questions, 45 seconds for rebuttals, at the discretion of the moderators. Candidates will not make opening or closing statements, but there will be a closing question. I hope it’s not as one of those dumb flowery questions to make polite chit-chat. Our democracy is at risk as it is.
The podium placement is determined by averaging the candidates’ qualifying polls as certified by the DNC. Polls had to be publicly released between Dec. 13 and 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Note: Biden is in the center, not Bernie.
Also noteworthy, this is from ABC News:
When the DNC announced the qualifying criteria for this debate, candidates had another way to secure their place on stage — by being awarded at least one pledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Monday’s Iowa Caucus. However, given the issues with reporting results, and DNC Chairman Tom Perez’s call for a recanvass Thursday, the Iowa Democratic Party has not announced who has received delegates, and the candidates who qualified submitted for certification based on polling and fundraising thresholds.
The debate, airing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. I don’t know if there is a free livestream or not. If one becomes available, it will be posted.
Ready for Cocktails/Mocktails? Bar is open, and this is an open thread. Post comments, news, tweets, and videos below. See you there!
Here’s the livestream:
Debate is just 15 min away!