The Democratic National Committee has already announced their plan for the presidential debate series coming in 2019 and 2020. The program will feature a dozen candidate debates, six in mid to late 2019, with the remaining forums to be scheduled before the key 2020 primaries.
Changing the Republicans’ approach of 2016 where they divided a large candidate field by poll standing, relegating the weakest candidates to their own debate that quickly was coined a “junior varsity” assembly, DNC chairman Tom Perez said that the “double-header” term would be a better description of their format. Each city hosting a debate will have programs on successive nights. The fields will be determined through drawing lots to determine which candidates will appear on the first night, and who would participate on the second evening.
The 2019 debates will precede the early primaries and caucuses and could possibly include California because the state’s early voting process will begin simultaneously with the earliest events in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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