Your Guide to the First 2020 Presidential Debates

The first presidential debates of the 2020 Democratic Primary kicks off this week!

With a dozen candidates vying for the nomination, the Democratic Party split the first debate into two nights with ten candidates appearing each night.

The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday, June 26:

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; New Jersey Sen. CoryBooker; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; former HUD Secretary Julián Castro; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney.

The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday, June 27:

Former Vice-Presiden Joe Biden; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; California Sen. Kamala Harris; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; California Rep. Eric Swalwell; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

Four other candidates failed to meet the polling and donation thresholds for this debate so won’t be appearing. Those four are Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.

Hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, the debates features five moderators: “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and “Noticias Telemundo” host José Diaz-Balart.

You can watch the debate on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo starting at 8:00pm on each night. It’ll also be streaming for free on,, and the NBC News app.

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