The New York Times and CNN will jointly hold the next democratic debate near Columbus, Ohio on October 15, with the possibility of a second round one night later, depending on how many candidates meet the qualification criteria.
The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that the debate in Westerville, Ohio, will take place on the campus of Otterbein University. Moderators include CNN moderators Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, as well as the editor of the National Times, Marc Lacey.
So far, 11 candidates have qualified for the CNN / New York Times debate ̵
The criteria for October are the same as for September: Candidates must have 130,000 unique donors and register at least 2 percent support in four qualification standards surveys.
Mr. Steyer, the billionaire investor and impeachment activist, cut the mark after a recent survey by CBS News / YouGov revealed he was 2 percent in Nevada, a key federal state with early votes.
Two other candidates have reached the threshold of 130,000 donors but have not reached the electoral threshold:
Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii
Marianne Williamson, a self-help author
woman. Gabbard has two qualified surveys and needs two more; Ms. Williamson has only one qualified survey and needs three more.
The remaining seven candidates have not achieved either threshold:
Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado
Gov. Steve Bullock from Montana
Mayor Bill de Blasio from New York
Former Representative John Delaney from Maryland
Mayor Wayne Messam from Miramar, Florida
Representative Tim Ryan from Ohio
Former Representative Joe Sestak from Pennsylvania
None of these candidates has reached 2 percent in a skill survey, and the race would have to change radically for one of them to enter the debate.
This will be the first debate of the presidential campaign that The Times has led planned and hosted in over a decade. Mr. Lacey, the Times National Editor since 2016, oversees on-the-spot coverage by several dozen reporters, focusing on key issues and American concerns. He also oversees the Race / Related Newsletter of the Times. Mr. Lacey was a former Washington Times correspondent for the White House and State Department, as well as a foreign correspondent in Nairobi and Mexico City and a domestic correspondent in Phoenix.
The huge field of Democrats has tested many voters' patience and prevented some of the highest polling candidates – especially  Mr. Biden and Mrs. Warren, both in June and in July various debates – from direct encounters to this week. A return to a two-night format would mean that the top candidates could be split again.
The ten-candidate debate format on Thursday made it difficult for candidates to delve into a number of topics, and relatively little time was devoted to discussing economics, taxation, technology or abortion rights.