How to watch Democratic candidate debate in Houston and what to expect

How to watch Democratic candidate debate in Houston and what to expect

Jeanine Santucci

USA TODAY

Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 12, 2019

It’s time for round three of the Democratic presidential debates, and we have all the information you need on how to watch and what to expect.

The race has narrowed to 10 candidates who qualified for the debate, which is hosted by ABC News and Univision in Houston, Texas.

The debate will start at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 12 and take place at the historically black Texas Southern University. It is expected to end at 11 p.m.

Notably, it will also be the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the highest polling presidential hopefuls, will take the stage in a debate. Previous debates split up the candidates over two nights because of the crowded field.

How to watch

TV broadcast: ABC and Univision

Online stream: ABCNews.com, ABC News Live, Good Morning America and FiveThirtyEight websites, Youtube, Facebook Watch, Apple News, Twitter

En español: Univision, Univision Noticias y otras plataformas digitales de Univision como Facebook, Youtube y Periscope.

Who’s onstage

Candidates will be arranged on the debate stage based on polling with the highest ranking in the center. The following candidates will appear, in order from left to right:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Andrew Yang, entrepreneur
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
To qualify for the debate, candidates had to receive donations from at least 130,000 unique individuals, consisting of at least 400 individuals in at least 25 different states. They also had to reach a threshold of 2% or higher in at least four polls designated by the Democratic National Committee.

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What to expect

ABC’s anchor George Stephanopoulos, “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will moderate the debate. After candidates give opening remarks, they will have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, with an additional 45 seconds allowed for rebuttals. They will not give closing statements.

It will be the first time that front runners Biden, Warren and Sanders share the same debate stage. Previously, Warren and Biden have appeared on alternate nights, though Sanders and Biden have faced off before. Biden is polling at an average of 29.8%, Warren is at 18.7% and Sanders is not far behind with 18%, according to aggregated data from RealClearPolitics.

They represent a split between more moderate, traditional Democratic values with Biden, and more left-leaning, progressive ideals with Warren and Sanders. Pundits will have their eyes on how that dynamic plays out, but talking points to watch for where these tensions may come up include health care and climate change.

As in previous debates, concerns about Biden’s record as an elected official and the numerous flubs he has had in public speaking events are likely to come up. Biden has in the past focused on his relationship with former President Barack Obama and his electability.

Gun violence prevention will also surely come up, as Texas saw two recent mass shootings and is also the home state of both Castro and O’Rourke.

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