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 BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country The American disease and death bowls MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNew York Times editor: Warren, Klobuchar endorsement reflects 'extremely divided' Democratic Party Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll Bloomberg says he would vote to convict Trump if he were a senator MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country Biden leads Democratic primary field in Iowa: poll 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.