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.


“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 BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE; and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill EPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates MORE (D-Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' 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 BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility 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.