The next presidential debate might be a little less entertaining without Trump’s signature facial expressions, but at least we’ll finally get a chance to see the Democratic candidates go at it.
CNN announced back in August that it will be hosting the first Democratic debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Newsweek has confirmed that it will take place in Las Vegas and will be moderated by Anderson Cooper. Cooper last hosted a presidential debate in 2012, during which he inaccurately stated that almost half of Americans don’t pay taxes.
There are currently six candidates who are expected to take part in the debate: former Secretary of State and current frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator and close second Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has said that there will be five other Democratic debates. CBS, KCCI, and the Des Moines Register will host one on Nov. 14 in Iowa; ABC and WMUR will host on Dec. 19 in Manchester, N.H.; and NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute will host on Jan. 17 in Charleston, S.C.
The last two have not yet been scheduled, but they will likely be held in February or March. One will be hosted by Univision and the Washington Post in Miami, Fla., and the other will be hosted by PBS in Wisconsin.
Some of the candidates have been calling for additional dates to be added to the schedule. Bill Hyers, a senior strategist for Martin O’Malley, has pointed out that there were 15 Democratic debates in 2004, and 25 in 2008. He added: “It’s ridiculous. The campaign for presidency should be about giving voters an opportunity to hear from every candidate and decide on the issues, not stacking the deck in favor of a chosen candidate.”
The third GOP debate will follow soon after on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be hosted by CNBC. It’s titled: “Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy,” and it will focus on jobs, taxes, the deficit, and the health of the U.S. economy.