Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, told NBC that the Democratic Party wanted to be “consistent with our principle of trying to be fair to everybody” but also, so “that we have maximum eyeballs both nights.”
Left out of the event for debates is the “#1 Network for Cable News, Fox News.”
According to NBC News, the first debate will be on June 26th and feature Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Even though Warren is on the first night with the lesser knowns, she’s putting on a happy face.
“I’m looking forward to the first debate of the Democratic presidential primary on Wednesday, June 26 on @NBCNews and having an opportunity to discuss my plans for big, structural change in this country. Let’s dream big, fight hard, and win,” she tweeted.
I’m looking forward to the first debate of the Democratic presidential primary on Wednesday, June 26 on @NBCNews and having an opportunity to discuss my plans for big, structural change in this country. Let’s dream big, fight hard, and win!
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 14, 2019
The second night of the debate will be held on June 27th and consist of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Author Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.
Moderators for the two-night event will be Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, and José Diaz-Balart. The debates will air on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m ET.
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