ABC warns candidates before Democratic debate: No swearing

ABC warns candidates before Democratic debate: No swearing

ABC News sent advisories to the 10 Democratic presidential candidates participating in Thursday night's debate asking they not swear during the event in Houston.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that, as the debate will air on the ABC broadcast network, we are governed by Federal Communications Commission indecency rules,” ABC News political director Rick Klein wrote in a memo forwarded to the campaigns that was obtained by The New York Times.

“Candidates should therefore avoid cursing or expletives in accordance with federal law,” Klein added.

The Hill has reached out to ABC News for comment.


ABC is due to host the event from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with 10 candidates on stage, including the top three contenders — former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden's VP pick MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHouse Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases in a year Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (D-Mass.) — who will be appearing together for the first time in a primary debate.

The debate will be moderated by ABC chief anchor and "This Week" and "Good Morning America" host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Nationwide mask mandate 'definitely long overdue' ABC News to air Bolton interview shortly before White House memoir release GOP senator says it's time to stop naming military bases after Confederate generals MORE, "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. 

The warning comes as some of the Democratic contenders have been known to curse in public, including former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Redistricting: 'The next decade of our democracy is on the ballot' in November MORE (D-Texas) in the aftermath of the shooting in El Paso, Texas, when he was expressing frustration with the media coverage.