CNN announces three moderators for Iowa primary debate

CNN announces three moderators for Iowa primary debate

The seventh 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate next week will be moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip as well as The Des Moines Register's Brianne Pfannenstiel, CNN announced Wednesday.

Blitzer anchors CNN’s “The Situation Room,” while Phillip is a political correspondent for the cable network. Pfannenstiel serves as the chief political correspondent for The Register.

The CNN–Des Moines Register debate is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14 on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will be the last formal meeting among the top-five candidates before the Hawkeye State holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3. 

To qualify for next week’s debate, candidates must garner the support of 225,000 unique donors and reach 5 percent support in at least four Democratic National Committee–approved polls or at least 7 percent support in two single-state polls focused on Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada.

Thus far, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema White House to make 400 million N95 masks available for free MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLobbying world Sanders open to supporting primary challengers against Manchin and Sinema Warren dodges on whether Sinema, Manchin should be challenged in primaries MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Apple warns antitrust legislation could expose Americans to malware MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAirlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports Top Democrats call on AT&T and Verizon to delay 5G rollouts near airports MORE (D) have qualified for the stage, and that appears set ahead of Friday’s qualification deadline barring a polling surge for any candidate who has still not met the Democratic National Committee’s thresholds.