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How to watch the second 2020 Democratic presidential debate

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The Democratic presidential primary candidates are in Detroit this week for the second round of Democratic debates. Tuesday night's debate saw a handful of moderate candidates taking aim at the leading progressives on stage over the feasibility of their proposals with varying degrees of success.

Wednesday's matchup could show more confrontation between leading candidates, as they fight to raise their profiles — along with their polling numbers and donor figures — so they can make it to the next round, when the party's higher thresholds for both these categories kicks in.

Democratic debate schedule

  • Dates: Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31
  • Time: 8 to about 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

Debate full recap from night one

Ten candidates sparred over everything from climate change to health care to reparations for slavery, with many of the lower-polling candidates using the opportunity to take shots at the frontrunners.

How to watch the second 2020 Democratic debate

How do the Democratic candidates qualify for the debate?

To qualify for the second round of debates, candidates had to fulfill one of two criteria: either get 65,000 donors to their campaigns, with at least 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain at least 1% in three polls recognized as legitimate by the committee.

The Democrats have been split into two groups across two consecutive nights totaling four hours. Ten candidates were randomly chosen to appear on each night.

Second Democratic debate rules

According to CNN, candidates will have 60 seconds to answer questions from the moderators and 30 seconds for rebuttals and responses. Candidates at the debate will deliver opening statements and closing remarks. 

DNC debate candidates for July 31

Candidates will appear onstage from left to right

DNC debate candidates from July 30

Candidates will appear onstage from left to right

Candidates who did not qualify for the debate

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