Democratic Primary Debate Calendar 2016


The Democratic National Party (DNC) has scheduled just 6 primary debates to showcase their presidential candidates for the 2016 election.  The decision has attracted heavy criticism from candidates and some party supporters alike as many think it severely limits the candidiates’ national media exposure especially when the few debates have been scheduled on weekends (mostly) when they must compete with other televised sporting events and activities. More contentious claims that suggest collusion between the DNC hierarchy and the Hilary Clinton campaign apparatus have been denied thus far.

In response to criticism, the DNC’s chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has coordinated with some networks to host forums and town halls that are conducted under specific rules that are supposed to differentiate them from formally hosted and sanctioned DNC debates.

Here is the DNC debate schedule for 2016:


Ξ   Drake University and CNN will host a Town Hall for the remaining 3 Democratic candidates on Monday January 25 at 9:00 p.m.CNN’s Chris Cuomo will moderate.
  CNN Democratic New Hampshire Town Hall for 2 remaining candidates on Wednesday February 3 at 9:00 p.m.  Moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
  MSNBC Democratic Presidential Debate for 2 remaining candiates on Thursday February 4 at 9:00 p.m.. Moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow
≡ 3 more debates added below


Date: Sunday January 17

NBC / Congressional Black Caucus Institute

Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Moderator/s:  Lester Holt

Where you can view: NBC (9:00 p.m. EST)

Date: Thursday February 4


Location: University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH

Moderator/s:  Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow

Where you can view: MSNBD (9:00 p.m. EST)

Date: Thursday February 11

PBS Democratic Debate

Location:  Wisconsin

Moderator/s: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff

Where you can view: PBS and CNN

Date: Wednesday March 9

PBS Democratic Debate

Location:  Flint, Michigan


Where you can view:

Date: Wednesday March 09

Univision / Washington Post

Location:  Miami Dade College, Miami


Where you can view:

Date: April


Date: May


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