2019 NOV 06, NBCNEWS – November Democratic debate to feature ‘balanced’ number of questions for candidates. The two-hour debate is being held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on NOV 20.
By Dareh Gregorian
Candidates participating in the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate in Georgia
later this month will each be asked a balanced number of questions,
event hosts MSNBC and The Washington Post announced Wednesday.
two-hour debate will be held at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Nov.
20, and 10 candidates have qualified for the event so far, according to an unofficial NBC News tally.
hosts announced the format for the event on Wednesday: The debate will
be broken up into four segments and will include three commercial
breaks. There will be no opening statements.
will have 75 seconds to answers questions posed to them and 45 seconds
for follow-ups at the moderators’ discretion. Candidates should be able
to respond if they’re referred to by name by another candidate, but that
will be at the moderators’ discretion, the announcement said.
Candidates will have one minute and 15 seconds for closing arguments.
announcement about balanced speaking time comes after sizable
differences in the amount of time the candidates had to talk during the
previous four debates. In October’s debate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth
Warren got the most speaking time, with just under 23 minutes’ worth,
while billionaire activist Tom Steyer got the least, at just over seven
minutes, according to a New York Times review.
The participating candidates and the podium lineup will be announced at a later date.
The debate features four moderators:
Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”; Andrea
Mitchell, host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and NBC News’ chief
foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News’ White House
correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The
The 10 candidates who
appear to have qualified are Warren; Steyer; former Vice President Joe
Biden; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend,
Indiana; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.;
entrepreneur Andrew Yang; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn; and Rep. Tulsi
Gabbard hit the final poll
needed to make the debate stage on Wednesday, according to NBC News’
unofficial count. The deadline for candidates to qualify is one week
before the debate.
The debate will air live exclusively on MSNBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. It will also stream on MSNBC.com and Washingtonpost.com as well as across mobile devices through NBC News’ and The Washington Post’s mobile apps.