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How to stream the 2020 presidential debates live

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Many eyes are on the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections—Democratic candidates are facing off in a series of debates that will ultimately help decide who will challenge President Trump in the election next year.

The third round of Democratic Party presidential debates will be held on September 12 at Texas Southern University in Houston. That pair will be hosted by ABC News and Univision.

Find out how you can watch the debates live, wherever you’re watching from.

How to watch the 2020 Democratic Party debates

The third round of debates will be hosted by both ABC News and Univision.

Watch the Democratic debates on ABC

Stream the debate live on ABC in just a few simple steps.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Select a U.S. VPN location.
  3. Go to and either select your cable or satellite TV provider or go to Get Instant Access, which gives you the option to stream on YouTube TV, Hulu, DirecTV, or PlayStation Vue. (You may have to supply a valid U.S. ZIP code.)
  4. Watch the debates live.

Tip: YouTube TV offers a 30-day free trial.

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Watch the Democratic debates on Univision

Univision will also be streaming the third round of debates with Spanish translation. Here’s how to catch it all.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Select a U.S. VPN location.
  3. Go to and sign in or register (you’ll need to select a cable or satellite TV provider. You can also watch Univision on DirecTV Now or fuboTV.
  4. Stream the debates live.

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How did Democratic candidates qualify?

It’s  twice as hard to qualify for the third round of debates as it was for the first two rounds. Candidates need 130,000 unique donors (and at least 400 unique donors in each of at least 20 states) and more than 2% support in four qualifying polls between June 28 and August 28.

Ten candidates have qualified for September’s debates: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

Previously, candidates only needed 65,000 unique donors and 1% support in the polls, which made it easier for more candidates to participate. The first two rounds saw 20 Democrats qualify to participate, meaning the debates had to be split across two nights.

There will be a total of 12 Democratic primary debates, six of which will take place in 2019.

The Democratic lineup

The final list of Democratic candidates for the third round of debates has been confirmed.

The candidates, in alphabetical order:

  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Julian Castro
  • Kamala Harris
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang


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When are the next debates scheduled?

After Friday’s debate, the fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on October 15, followed by two more debates in November and December. There will be six more debates held between January and April 2020.


Watch this space for updates on future debates, including (possible) Republican and presidential debates.


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