Moderators named for December Democratic primary debate

Moderators named for December Democratic primary debate

PBS NewsHour and Politico on Wednesday announced the panel of moderators for the sixth Democratic National Committee primary debate to be held in California next month.  

The moderators will include PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta, PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, and PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, according to a Wednesday statement.

The debate is set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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“We are thrilled to partner with PBS NewsHour and are committed to leveraging the depth of Politico’s newsroom to produce a substantive, interesting, and informative debate for voters,” Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of Politico, said in the statement.

Thus far, six candidates have qualified for the debate, NBC News reported this week: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Buttigieg: 'Break that NDA' to have 'moral authority' against Trump Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE; and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.)

Candidates have until Dec. 12 to officially qualify. They must net 200,000 unique donors and hit at least 4 percent in four national or state polls, or 6 percent in two polls in states with early primaries, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE’s (D-N.J.) campaign announced a six-figure ad buy as he fights to qualify for the debate. The senator has reached the 200,000 unique donor threshold, but has yet to meet the polling requirements.

“Cory 2020 isn’t leaving poll qualification up to margins of error or fate,” Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie wrote in a memo to supporters Tuesday. “With the 200,000 unique donor threshold now met, we are reorienting our entire campaign apparatus into a persuasion effort designed to further elevate the message Cory’s been committed to this entire campaign and reach the voters we need to meet the polling threshold.”

The debate location was moved earlier this month after local labor officials raised concerns about its prior location at the University of California, Los Angeles.