2020 Democratic Presidential Debates Start at Miami’s Arsht Center

America’s greatest reality show, the presidential election, begins in earnest Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 right in our backyard. Downtown Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will feature the Democrats’ first two nights of debates. Twenty presidential hopefuls will engage in verbal sparring aiming  to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president and the right to tell The Donald “You’re fired”.  Due to space and time considerations the candidates have been broken into two groups of ten candidates for each night.

Wednesday, June 26 Debaters:

  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro
  • Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Thursday, June 27 Debaters:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
  • Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado

Those interested in attending the debates can request a seat at my.democrats.org/page/s/first-dnc-debate-interest-form. Those who want to watch the brouhaha in the comfort of their own home can tune in to NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m ET both nights. The debate will also stream online free on NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News Mobile App and OTT apps, as well as Telemundo’s digital platforms.

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David Rolland

David Rolland edits the Jitney blog. He is the author of the novels Yo-Yo & The End of the Century.