The Democratic National Committee has announced its list of party-sanctioned debates for the candidates competing for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination — and one of those six debates will be in Iowa.
The debate will be held on November 14 in Des Moines. The co-hosts are the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University. The event will be staged in an auditorium on the Drake University campus. The media co-sponsors are CBS News and its local Des Moines affiliate, KCCI, along with The Des Moines Register.
It will be the only Democratic candidate debate in Iowa before the Iowa Caucuses. One of those candidates has been complaining about a lack of debates. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s staff says having just one debate in Iowa before the Caucuses is a departure from the precedent set in the 2008 campaign. There were four debates held in the state eight years ago.
At four o’clock this afternoon the so-called “happy hour” debate will start for Republican presidential candidates who did not make the cut for this evening’s debate in Cleveland. That prime time debate will feature the 10 candidates who are doing the best in national polls. Both debates will be broadcast on the FOX News Channel.