The “PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate” will air on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. PBS NewHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, POLITICO chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, and PBS NewsHour White Hour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor will co-moderate the sixth Democratic primary debate. The DNC-sanctioned debate will take place at Loyola Marymount University.
The debate will open with moderator questions for candidates, thus no opening statements. Candidates will be allotted 1:15 for responses to moderator questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals and follow ups. The debate will conclude with one minute closing statements for each candidate. There will be three breaks during the broadcast for a total of 11 minutes.
Order of the podiums will be announced on Friday, Dec. 13, following the close of the polling and donor requirements for candidates on Thursday, Dec. 12. PBS NewsHour will determine order based on an average of the DNC qualifying polls conducted in the weeks since the last debate. The top polling candidates will be in the center, fanning out on both sides to the lowest polling candidates.
Order of closing statements will be in reverse polling order, from lowest to highest.