Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang 2020 Democratic Debates

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How to watch Wednesday’s Democratic debate

The presidential contenders are back for round 2. Don't miss night 2.


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Posted on Jul 31, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:40 am CDT

The second round of debates among 2020 Democrats hoping to take on President Donald Trump in the next presidential election will continue Wednesday night.

Just like the first round of debates in June, the large roster of 2020 hopefuls has been split into two nights. The first round of the debate happened last night.

Here’s what you need to know about how to live stream the second round of debate, which will feature 10 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination ahead of the next election.

What time is the first round of the second Democratic debate?

CNN is hosting the two split debates. The second round will begin at 7pm  CT. Both rounds are being held in Detroit.

Which candidates are in this debate?

The second night of the debate features several front runners so far in the race and a large number of candidates hoping to gain ground as the primaries and caucuses grow closer.

Here’s who will participate in the second round of the second Democratic presidential debate:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro
  • Andrew Yang
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

The debate will be moderated by Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper.

How to watch the Democratic debate

Like last night, CNN says that it is streaming the debate on its website without the need for logging in with a cable provider.

It will also be streaming without a TV subscription on its Apple and Android apps, and channels on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

For potential cord-cutters, CNN is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, other channels you’ll receive, and compatible devices for streaming. No matter which service you pick, you’ll start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the Democratic debates for free. 

1) Sling TV

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Sling TV

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $25 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels. CNN is available in Sling Orange and Sling Orange + Blue packages.


2) FuboTV

watch second democratic debate free on FuboTV

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.


3) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.


4) PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue

If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Jumping from your favorite game to your favorite show is seamless, and controlling it is as intuitive as playing an actual game. Your PS4 controller is your remote, after all. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)


5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


How to watch the Democratic debate: Lineup

Below are the lineups for both debates in the second round of the presidential primary. Candidates Mike Gravel, Seth Moulton, Tom Steyer, Joe Sestak, and Wayne Messam didn’t qualify for the debates.

July 30

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • Former Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
  • Former Rep. John Delaney
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.)

July 31

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
  • Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro
  • Andrew Yang
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)


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*First Published: Jul 31, 2019, 5:00 am CDT