DNC sets criteria for presidential primary debates

February 14, 2019

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday it plans to rely on a “two-path” system to determine which of the candidates in the presidential field get an invitation to participate in debates.

DNC Chair Tom Perez said candidates will have to meet polling and fundraising thresholds in order to get a spot on stage in the first two primetime affairs.

“We’ve spent months working with media partners to provide this unprecedented opportunity for candidates and voters to get to know each other,” Mr. Perez said. “Because campaigns are won on the strength of their grassroots, we also updated the threshold, giving all types of candidates the opportunity to reach the debate stage and giving small-dollar donors a bigger voice in the primary than ever before.”

To qualify, candidates will need to register at least one percent in three approved polls. They also must verify that they’ve received contributions from at least 65,000 individual donors and at least 200 unique donors in at least 20 states.

The DNC also said that it has partnered with NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo for the first debate in June and CNN for the second in July.

Both events will be broadcasted in English and Spanish.