The sixth Democratic debate will be held by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles on December 19. PBS NewsHour and POLITICO will co-host the event which will be aired on PBS stations nationwide as well as streamed by POLITICO and various PBS digital outlets. Broadcast partners are committed to providing accessible communications for deaf and disabled audience, according to a DNC statement.
The Democratic National Committee has just announced new qualifying criteria for December's presidential debate - metrics which figure to thin the herd quite a bit. The deadline for qualifying polls and donation targets is December 12.
But first up is the MSNBC-Washington Submit Nov. 20 debate in Georgia. The donor requirements are not insurmountable for most candidates, but polling support at four percent or higher will prove hard.More news: Lamar Odom professes love for girlfriend after Taraji P. Henson interview
The required benchmarks in December are a mild jump from what was required of candidates in November.
In addition, candidates must have received donations from at least 200,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 800 unique donors in 20 states, US territories or the District of Columbia. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang appear likely to qualify, too. More importantly, the DNC is again raising the qualifying thresholds. Alternately, candidates can qualify by hitting 6 percent in two approved early-state polls and forgo the national polls.
To make the cut for the December 19 debate, candidates must now receive at least 4 percent support in at least four qualifying national polls or surveys in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and SC - or hit at least 6 percent in two qualifying polls in the early voting states.More news: Trump Asked Aide To "Screw Amazon Out" Of Defence Contract
The requirements from debate to debate have been heavily scrutinized by candidates and party activists alike, as DNC Chairman Tom Perez juggles potentially conflicting priorities: keeping a historically large field from being too unwieldy for voters while keeping his promise that everyone running would have a fair shot to make a case on the national stage. The closing date to meet the up to this level expertise is December 12.
The changes won't matter much for the top tier of candidates: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Indeed, in June and July, 20 candidates qualified for the debates.
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