CNN and The New York Times Will Co-Host Next Democratic Primary Debate, Set to Take Place Oct. 15 in Ohio

By A.J. Katz 

With the third Democratic presidential primary debate in the books, the Democratic National Committee has announced that CNN will host the fourth Democratic primary debate, and its second of the 2020 election cycle.

This time around, they’ll be partnering with The New York Times.

The Democratic National Committee announced that the debate will take place on Oct. 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. There’s a possibility a second night will be added.


CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, as well as New York Times national editor Marc Lacey will serve as the debate moderators.

Known as a “swing state” when it comes to presidential elections, Ohio went to Trump and the Republicans in 2016. The Democrats hope to win it back in 2020.

Last week, the DNC informed Democratic candidates that the debate would be in October in Ohio and announced the fundraising and polling thresholds candidates need to meet to qualify for this event: A 2% polling threshold in four DNC-approved polls and at least 130,000 unique donors including 400 donors per state from at least 20 states.

Polls released between June 28 and 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 1 will count toward certification to participate in the debate.

As of now, 11 candidates said they have reached the polling and contribution thresholds outlined by the DNC to participate in the October debate: Former vice president Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang.

In addition to the July debate in Detroit, CNN has hosted 37 presidential town halls in 2019, and is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to air a live Democratic presidential town hall Oct. 10 in Los Angeles.