NBC Announces Moderators For First Democratic Presidential Debate

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 6:25 PM

NBC News on Tuesday announced the moderators of the first 2020 Democratic debate, scheduled for June 26 and 27 in Miami, Florida.

Moderators include:

• Lester Holt of “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC”
• Savannah Guthrie of “Today”
• Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press”
• Rachel Maddow of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”
• José Diaz-Balart of "Noticias Telemundo" and "NBC Nightly News Saturday"

Holt will be the only moderator present from start to finish. Guthrie and Diaz-Balart will be alongside Holt for the first hour and then be replaced by Todd and Maddow,

According to NBC, if there are more than 20 candidates eligible for the debate stage, the Democratic National Committee "will use a series of tiebreakers" to determine who is allowed to participate. 10 candidates will be on the event stage each night.

In order to qualify for the debate, candidates have to have 1 percent support in three polls or have 65,000 unique donors. A minimum of those donors have to be in at least 20 states.  

On Friday, NBC will hold a lottery to determine candidate's stage placement, The Hill reported. 

People were rather surprised when they learned Maddow was chosen as a moderator.

“Fascinating that Democrats would have one of the leading conspiracy theorists of the day moderating their first debate. It really does show you where the party is at right now,” Ned Ryun told the Daily Callerin reference in Maddow. 

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