How to Watch the 3rd Democratic Debate

ABC News will be hosting the 3rd Democratic Debates on September 12th and 13th in another tow night doubleheader. 

ABC announced in August that it will be hosted by 4 moderators at Texas Southern University. If you have cable or a tuner, you can watch on your local ABC affiliate of course. However, if you stream you'll have more options than the widely-criticized CNN debates. 

This time you'll be able to watch on ABCNews.comwebsite and their apps, as well as Hulu LiveThe Roku ChannelFacebook Watch, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Apple News, and Twitter.

Former Bill Clinton aid George Stephanopoulos, "World News Tonight" Anchor David Muir, ABC Newsreader Linsey Davis, and Univision Newsreader Jorge Ramos will moderate the debate. All the rules are determined by the Democratic National Committee, so as usual don't expect any fairness or objectivity whatsoever. 

The Democrats party leadership is trying to quickly winnow down the field of candidates you will have to choose from for President, so the entry rules have been toughened. Now in order to qualify for the September debate, candidates must cross both the polling and grassroots funding thresholds. Candidates must receive 2% or more support in at least four national polls. Or they must receive 2% or more in polls conducted in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada and publicly released between June 28 and August 28.

The 4 qualifying polls to qualify must be sponsored by one or more of the following organizations approved by the DNC: The Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, the Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Winthrop University. They also must be conducted by different organizations or - if by the same organization - must be in different geographical areas.

Democrats are also using new rules to limit the candidates by stating only those who have received donations from at least 130,000 unique donors over the course of the election cycle, with a minimum of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states will be invited. Qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 28 for the September debate. So look for candidates not hitting that hurdle to drop out or suspend their campaign. 

As of the writing of this post, these candidates have qualified for the 3rd debate:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
  • Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

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September 13, 2020


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