Primary Debates

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN & ELECTIONS

2016

2016 presidential primary debate schedules

Source: WaPo

Upcoming debates

March 9, 2016

Democratic debate – Univision/The Washington Post

Location – Miami, Florida

Moderators – Maria Elena Salinas, Jorge Ramos, Karen Tumulty

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

[Sanders’s base stays rock solid, but his chances look weaker]

March 10, 2016

Republican debate – CNN/Salem Radio/Washington Times

Location – University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich

More details to come

Past debates

Aug. 6, 2015

Republican debate – Fox News

Time – Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 5 p.m.

Location – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Moderators – Main segment: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace. Secondary: Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum.

Who’s in – Main segment: Top 10 candidates in recent national polling. Secondary: Remaining candidates.

Candidates – Main segment: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich. Secondary: Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore.

[Carly Fiorina won the ‘Happy Hour’ debate. By a lot.]

[Republican debate veers between two subjects: America and Trump]

Sept. 16, 2015

Republican debate – CNN/Salem Radio

Time – Main segment: 8 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.

Location – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, Calif.

Moderators – Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt, Dana Bash

Who’s in – Main segment: Top 10 candidates in national polling between July 16 and September 10, and the top 10 candidates in national polling between August 7 and September 10. Secondary: Remaining candidates with an average of at least 1 percent in three recent national polls.

Candidates – Main segment: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie. Secondary: Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham.

[Fact checking the second round of GOP debates]

[Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood and other big issues]

Oct. 13, 2015

Democratic debate – CNN

Time – 8:30 p.m. ET (debate expected to start at 9)

Location – Las Vegas, Nevada

Moderators – Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash, Juan Carlos Lopez

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee.

[Democratic debate may lack GOP fire but Clinton rivals seek to score hits ]

[Who’s asking the questions at Tuesday’s CNN Democratic debate? ]

Oct. 28, 2015

Republican debate – CNBC

Time – Main segment: 8 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.

Location – University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Moderators – Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, John Harwood

Who’s in – Main segment: All candidates averaging at least 2.5 percent in CNBC-recognized national polls between September 17 and October 21. Secondary: Remaining candidates averaging at least 1 percent.

Candidates – Main segment: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, John Kasich. Secondary: Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham.

[Liveblog: Republican presidential candidates debate taxes, Social Security, Medicare]

[The third Republican debate, annotated]

[The only good debate bingo card: 25 Donald Trump GIFs]

Nov. 10, 2015

Republican debate – Fox Business/Wall Street Journal

Time – Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 7 p.m.

Location – Milwaukee Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Moderators – Gerard Baker, Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo

Who’s in – Main segment: All candidates averaging at least 2.5 percent in four most recent national polls by Nov. 4. Secondary: Remaining candidates averaging at least 1 percent in one of the four most recent polls.

Candidates – Main segment: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rand Paul. Secondary: Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum.

[Live updates: The latest from the debate stage]

[Eight Republican candidates debate on Fox News]

Nov. 14, 2015

Democratic debate – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register

Time – 9 p.m. ET

Location – Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Moderators – John Dickerson

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley

[The top 13 issues in Saturday’s Democratic debate]

[Democrats expected to face questions shaped by Paris attacks as debate begins]

Dec. 15, 2015

Republican debate – CNN/Salem Radio

Time – Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6:30 p.m.

Location – The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada

Moderators – Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Hugh Hewitt

Who’s in – Main segment: All candidates with a recent polling average of at least 3.5 percent nationally, 4 percent in Iowa or 4 percent in New Hampshire. Secondary: Remaining candidates reaching at least 1 percent in four separate national, Iowa or New Hampshire polls.

Candidates – Main Segment: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rand Paul. Secondary: Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki.

[Live updates: The latest from the debate stage]

[The GOP’s get-serious caucus heads into debate: ‘Showtime is over’]

[It’s Cruz, not Trump, who looks more like favorite to win GOP nomination]

[Rand Paul makes the CNN prime-time debate, by a hair]

Dec. 19, 2015

Democratic debate – ABC/WMUR

Time – 8 p.m. ET

Location – St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

Moderators – David Muir, Martha Raddatz

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley

[Dust-up over voter data looms over Democratic debate in New Hampshire]

[How Democrats’ Saturday debates are very friendly to Hillary Clinton]

[The 6 big issues in Saturday’s ABC Democratic debate]

Jan. 14, 2016

Republican debate – Fox Business

Time – Main segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 6 p.m.

Location – North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, South Carolina

Moderators – Main segment: Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo. Secondary: Trish Regan, Sandra Smith.

Who’s in – Main segment: Top six candidates in national polls, plus any candidate in the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire polls. Secondary: Remaining candidates.

Candidates – Main Segment: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich. Secondary: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum. (Rand Paul qualified for the secondary debate but plans to boycott it.)

[Running second makes Cruz everyone’s target at GOP debate]

[Winners and losers from the sixth Republican presidential debate ]

[The Take: Can Donald Trump actually be the Republican nominee?]

Jan. 17, 2016

Democratic debate – NBC/YouTube

Time – 9 p.m. ET

Location – Gaillard Center, Charleston, South Carolina

Moderators – Lester Holt, Andrea Mitchell

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley

[The 8 big issues in tonight’s Democratic debate]

[The Take: Can Clinton find a way to fend off Sanders?]

Jan. 28, 2016

Republican debate – Fox News

Time – Main Segment: 9 p.m. ET. Secondary: 7 p.m.

Location – Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Moderators – Main segment: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace. Secondary: Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer.

Who’s in – Main segment: Top six candidates in national polls, plus any candidate in the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire polls. Secondary: Remaining candidates with at least one percent in a recent national poll.

Candidates – Main segment: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rand Paul. (Donald Trump qualified but said he will not participate.) Secondary: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Jim Gilmore.

[Live updates: All the front-runners but Trump?]

[Republican debate night begins; no one knows if Trump is in or out]

[Fox News head lets Trump walk, keeps Megyn Kelly as debate moderator]

Feb. 4, 2016

Democratic debate – MSNBC

Time – 9 p.m. ET

Location – University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Moderators – Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow

[Sanders not ready to concede Iowa or confirm appearance in Thursday night debate]

[Candidates craft N.H. end games after Iowa results tighten races]

[Hillary Clinton channels Donald Trump in pushing for debate changes. Only she’s winning.]

Feb. 6, 2016

Republican debate – ABC News/IJReview

Time – 8 p.m. ET

Location – St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

Moderators – David Muir, Martha Raddatz

Who’s in – Top three finishers in Iowa, plus any candidate in the top six in recent New Hampshire or national poll averages.

Candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich.

[Live updates]

[GOP contenders prepare for final debate before New Hampshire primary]

[The top 7 issues in the Republicans’ New Hampshire debate]

Feb. 11, 2016

Democratic debate – PBS

Time – 9 p.m. ET

Location – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Moderators – Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

The debate will air on local PBS stations and CNN. It will also be available for streaming online.

[Why PBS and CNN are teaming up for Thursday’s Democratic debate]

[What Trump’s and Sanders’s wins in New Hampshire mean for the rest of the race]

[Clinton, Sanders likely to focus on minority voters’ concerns]

Feb. 13, 2016

Republican debate – CBS News

Time – 9 p.m. ET

Location – Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina

Moderators – John Dickerson, Major Garrett, Kimberley Strassel

Candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, John Kasich.

[Live updates]

[Republicans preparing to debate in S.C. react swiftly to Scalia’s death]

[Here’s how CBS should handle Justice Scalia’s death in Saturday night’s debate]

Feb. 25, 2016

Republican debate – CNN/Telemundo/Salem Radio

Time – 8:30 p.m. ET

Location – University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Moderators – Wolf Blitzer, Maria Celeste Arraras, Hugh Hewitt, Dana Bash

Candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Ben Carson

[Live updates]

[Front-runner Trump is the focus of tonight’s Republican debate in Houston]

[Poll: Trump’s negatives among Hispanics rise; worst in GOP field]

March 3, 2016

Republican debate – Fox News

Time – 9:00 p.m. ET

Location – Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan

Moderators – Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Chris Wallace

Candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich

[How a fractured field just might block Trump and force a brokered convention]

[Here’s what to expect in Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly, the sequel]

[The attack on Fortress Trump begins]

March 6, 2016

Democratic debate – CNN

Location – Flint, Michigan

Moderators – Anderson Cooper

Candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

[Why minority voters matter for Democrats beyond Nevada]

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