BOCA RATON, FLA. — On February 14, it was announced that NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first democratic presidential primary debate of the 2020 cycle live.
We now know where the back-to-back evening debates will be staged.
The debate, scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, will be held in Miami — in prime-time.
The three networks will air the debates simultaneously, with real-time Spanish-language translations on Telemundo.
Details on the venue, moderators, and times will be announced at a later date.
“We are honored to be the first Spanish-language network to bring the first democratic presidential primary debate to the U.S. Hispanic audience, right here from our own back yard,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “We will leverage all our resources at our Miami headquarters Telemundo Center to make sure we provide the most comprehensive and robust coverage of these important debates, in the language our audience prefers. We are living at a critical time that could redefine the role of the Hispanic community in our country. We want to ensure Hispanics are engaged and have access to trustworthy, reliable and relevant information to make decisions from the moment the 2020 electoral cycle starts.”
CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español will host the second primary debates, in July.
To accommodate what is expected to be a historically large primary field, both debates will have the option of occurring over consecutive nights in prime time to make room for as many as twenty candidates, with the lineups for each night determined at random. This approach will provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience.