How to watch and stream the October Democratic debate live online

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren at the third Democratic debate
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The fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday, October 15, will be the biggest one yet, with 12 candidates set to take the debate stage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

CNN and The New York Times will co-host this 2020 Democratic primary debate this week, which will once again pit front-runners Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders against each other. Billionaire Tom Steyer is the only fresh face at the debate, after having qualified for the first time. They’ll be joined by several lower-tier candidates, including Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.

Here’s everything you need to know about the October primary debate:

What time is the October debate?

The CNN/New York Times Democratic debate will start at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, October 15. We’re not quite sure how long the debate will run, but the past three presidential debates have lasted between two and three hours.

How to watch the Democratic debate online

The presidential debate will be livestreamed on both CNN.com and nytimes.com, along with the CNN apps on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

If you want watch old-school, the presidential debate will also be broadcast on CNN, CNN en Español, and CNN International.

Which candidates have qualified for the debate?

While more candidates have qualified in the past — previous debates have taken place over two nights, with 10 candidates each night — the requirements are stricter for the fourth debate. According to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), candidates needed to have 130,000 unique donors and get at least 2% in four polls approved by the organization.

Here’s who made the cut:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Masschusetts)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
  • Businessman Tom Steyer

Gabbard had initially said she might boycott the Democratic debate after accusing party leaders of “rigging” the election, but said Monday that she’ll participate.

According to a RealClearPolitics polling average, Warren and Biden are currently neck-and-neck for first place, followed by Buttigieg, Harris, and Yang. O’Rourke, Booker, Klobuchar, Castro, Gabbard, and Steyer are all polling at less than 2% in the average, though that includes more polls than the ones the DNC used to determine who is eligible for debate.

Expect to see fewer people in the next debate in November: in order to qualify, candidates will need to have 3% in four early state or national polls approved by the DNC, along with 165,000 unique donors.

Who is moderating the debate?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will be joined by New York Times national editor Mark Lacey to moderate the debate.

What will the candidates discuss?

Expect to hear the Democrats discuss their approaches to health care and Medicare for All, along with the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The Democratic candidates will also likely clash over their approaches to Facebook’s political advertisements, which allow misinformation, and calls by some candidates to break up Big Tech companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook.

Major candidates have taken a stand on key tech issues: Elizabeth Warren has called for improved rural broadband access, Bernie Sanders wants to ban police use of facial recognition, and Andrew Yang has warned of the toll that automation could take on employment in the United States.

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