How to watch the Democratic debate tonight
ABC, WMUR-TV and Apple News are partnering to host the eighth Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester days before the February 11 New Hampshire primary.
What time is the debate?
The debate will air live from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
How can I watch it?
The debate will air live nationally on ABC and locally on WMUR-TV. ABC News will livestream the debate on ABC News Live, featured on Apple News, Roku, Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, the ABC News site and mobile phone apps. WMUR-TV will livestream the debate on www.WMUR.com and WMUR's mobile app.
Get ready for the debate all day on CNN.com and stay with us for real-time news, analysis and fact-checking during and after the debate. CNN will have live TV programming breaking down the biggest moments and story lines from the debate after it concludes.
Who is debating?
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Businessman Tom Steyer
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Who is moderating?
ABC's George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Linsey Davis will moderate the debate. They will be joined by WMUR-TV's Adam Sexton and Monica Hernandez.
Who didn't make the cut?
- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
How was the stage decided?
There were two pathways outlined by the DNC to qualify for the New Hampshire debate. Candidates could either qualify by winning at least one pledged delegate from the Iowa caucuses, or by meeting both a polling requirement and a grassroots fundraising requirement.
For the polling requirement, candidates had to either meet the four-poll threshold or the early state polling threshold, as described by the DNC. For the four-poll threshold, candidates had to receive 5% or more support in at least four polls, which could have been national polls or single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada. For the early state polling threshold, candidates had to receive 7% or more support in two single-state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada.
To meet the grassroots fundraising requirement, candidates had to submit a certification by 9 a.m. ET on Friday showing that the campaign received donations from at least 225,000 unique donors and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 US states. The qualifying donations had to be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 6.
What happened at the last debate?
In a tense and dramatic exchange in the moments after the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in January, Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar on national television. Sanders responded that it was Warren who called him a liar and said they should not talk about it right then.
Warren and Sanders were at odds over whether he told her, during a private dinner in 2018 about the presidential election, that a woman couldn't win. Neither backed off their previous statements during the debate.
There were some clashes on stage during the debate, but overall the four candidates who were at the top of the Iowa polls -- Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren -- had a generally careful approach.
The Iowa debate also brought the most substantive foreign policy debate of the Democratic race to date, with tensions flaring in the Middle East bringing the issue to the forefront.
A short, but direct, debate between Warren and Buttigieg on health care highlighted not only their key differences in the race, but how the two candidates are likely to go after each other in the coming months.
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