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Democratic debate: How and when to watch, and what to expect

Ten presidential contenders will take the stage at Thursday night’s debate.

Signage is erected for the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Houston.
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The third Democratic debate will be taking place this Thursday evening. Unlike the previous Democratic debates, this one will take place on only one night, with all 10 remaining candidates taking the stage.

Here’s what you need to know.

What time is the debate?

The debate is scheduled to run 6-9 p.m. MT (8-11 p.m. ET).

Where is the debate being held?

Texas Southern University, a public, historically black university in Houston, Texas, according to ABC.

How can I watch the debate?

The debate will be aired live on ABC and Univision (in Spanish translation). It can also be viewed online at ABC News Live, through ABC’s website or apps, as well as through Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, Facebook Watch, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Apple News and Twitter.

Who will be participating in the debate?

As the Deseret News has previously reported, 10 of the Democratic candidates qualified to move on to this round of the debate.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Andrew Yang, businessman
  • Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary

Who will be moderating the debate?

George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Linsey Davis of ABC and Jorge Ramos of Univision will be moderating Thursday’s debate.

What will be the format of the debate?

According to ABC, the candidates will each have a minute and 15 seconds to respond to direct questions, as well as 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Each of the candidates will have the chance to offer an opening statement, but there will be no closing statements.

What can we expect from this debate?

With the first Democratic primaries beginning in nearly five months, the stakes are higher for the candidates at Thursday’s debate.

The Deseret News has reported that this will be the first meeting on the debate stage between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, two of the top presidential contenders from the Democratic party. With Biden still considered in the lead for now, it is expected that he will be a subject of attack during this debate, according to NPR.

Meanwhile, candidate Andrew Yang has claimed that he has something “unprecedented” in store for the debate, the Deseret News reported.

All of the candidates will be seeking ways to stand out Thursday night in what has been a crowded field of contenders this election cycle.