Univision News and ABC News will host the third debate of Democratic candidates seeking to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) explained that the debate to be held in Houston will be split into two sessions during prime time on September 12 and 13 in order to accommodate all the candidates. Univision News will broadcast it in Spanish and ABC News in English.
In addition, it will be shown on the Univision News digital accounts: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The debate rules
"As the nation's most diverse city, Houston is the perfect place for the Democratic Party's third debate," said Tom Pérez, president of the DNC. "Lilke the people of Texas, our candidates come from all kinds of backgrounds, and are all united by their deeply held values," he added.
Pérez said the intention is to hold up to 12 debates during the primary process in order to give greater exposure to the party's base, as well as to allow the candidates to reach different media. He also stressed that they intend to reach as many voters as possible while also discussing the issues that affect citizens.
Currently, there are more than 20 Democratic candidates, so the DNC established a series of rules for participation in the debates in September and October.
The applicants must have more than 2% support in at least four polls. The list of polls that will be taken into account is: Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post and Winthrop University. The surveys must have been published between June 28 and August 28, 2019.
The candidates must also have raised funds from at least 130,000 individual donors. In addition, they must show the support of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. The data must be sent by the campaign treasurer of each candidate and donations must have been made before 11:59 p.m. on August 28, 2019. Finally, the certification of the contributions must be endorsed by ActBlue or NGP VAN, two tools used by the Democratic Party to monitor donations.