The highly anticipated first Democratic presidential primary debate is scheduled for Tuesday night. The event in Las Vegas will feature front-runners former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Also onstage are long-shot candidates former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Using the Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Clinton leads the democratic field with 42 percent of primary voters, Sanders is second at 25.4 percent, followed by Webb at 0.9 percent, O'Malley at 0.6 percent and Chafee at 0.2 percent. Should Vice President Joe Biden, polling at 18.6 percent on average, decide to enter the field in the eleventh hour he could participate in the debate.
With a far smaller field than the GOP, which has split its debate nights into two separate events, Democratic candidates will face more individual scrutiny in the debate put on by CNN and Facebook.
“You’ll likely see more direct questioning of each individual candidate,” Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide said to the New York Times. CNN journalist Anderson Cooper will moderate the debate, with colleagues Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez also asking questions. CNN's Don Lemon will also ask questions culled from Facebook users. Cooper said he plans to push back against candidates during the debate.
“I believe if somebody says something that is factually incorrect, it’s a good thing to point out what the record shows,” Cooper told the Times. “If somebody is saying something about their record that is not something they’ve said in the past or is different from what they’ve said in the past, then you can point that out.”
Below is all the pertinent information for watching the debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas:
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday Oct. 13
TV Channel: CNN, CNN International
Radio Info: Westwood One News will air the debate