PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate Format

The PBS NewsHour & POLITICO Democratic Debate on Thursday, December 19 will open with moderator questions for the candidates, thus no opening statements. Candidates will each be allotted 1:15 for responses to moderator questions and :45 for rebuttals and follow ups. The debate will conclude with 1:00 closing statements for each candidate.

There will be three breaks during the broadcast, for a total of 11 minutes.

Order of the podiums will be announced on Friday, December 13, following the close of the polling and donor requirements for candidates on Thursday, December 12 at 11:59pm ET. PBS NewsHour will determine order based on an average of the DNC qualifying polls conducted in the weeks since the last debate. The top polling candidates will be in the center, fanning out on both sides to the lowest polling candidates.

Order of closing statements will be in reverse polling order, from lowest to highest.

Media Contact: Nick Massella