Democratic Debate, Round Two!

The second Democratic debate will be held tonight at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  It will air from 9:00pm to 11:00pm EST on CBS Television Network with pre-debate coveragel beginning at 8:00pm EST.  The debate will also be streamed for free at CBS News has stated there will be no opening statements, but each candidate will have a 60 second closing statement. Candidates will have 60 seconds to respond to each question, and 30 seconds for rebuttals and follow-ups.  CBS’ “Face the Nation” correspondent, John Dickerson, will be the primary moderator for the debate.  Assisting Dickerson will be CBS Correspondent, Nancy Cordes, and two local journalists.  With hours just after the horrific attacks in Paris, it has been reported that CBS News has significantly reworked its plans for the Democratic debate to highlight issues of terrorism, national security, and foreign relations.

Debate Participants

Only three candidates will be participating in tonight’s debate – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley.  Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb have dropped out of the race, shortly after the last debate.


How do I Watch the CBS News Democratic Debate? (CBS News)

CBS Shifts Emphasis of Democratic Debate to Reflect Paris Attacks (The New York Times)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s Democratic debate (Politico)


Ronny Lau, Legislative Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, November 14, 2015. © National Association for Music Education (