Democrats announced Friday that CNN and the New York Times will co-host the fourth Democratic presidential debate next month at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
The debate will be Oct. 15, and possibly Oct. 16, if needed, the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. While 10 candidates qualified for Thursday’s debate, philanthropist Tom Steyer and perhaps other candidates could qualify by the Oct. 1 cutoff date, meaning the field could be divided into two groups over two nights. If there are more than 10, the field will be split in two.
It will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, and by Marc Lacey, the Times’ national editor, and air live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and stream on CNN.com‘s homepage and NYTimes.com’s homepage.
To qualify for the October debate, candidates must meet both a polling threshold and the “Grassroots Fundraising Threshold,” the party said.
Candidates must receive 2 percent or more support in at least four polls sponsored by an approved organization, most being major news organizations.
Candidates must also submit a certification prepared by the candidate’s campaign treasurer demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from a minimum of 130,000 unique donors and 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states, the party said.
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