DNC Chair Debate: What Time & Channel Does the Democratic Leadership Debate Air Tonight?

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22:  U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) holds a town hall meeting at the Church of the New Covenant-Baptist on December 22, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Ellison, a candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee, spoke at the church where his brother Brian is a pastor.  (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is a lead candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee. (Getty)

Lead candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee will have a debate on CNN tonight, just days before the election that’s scheduled for February 25. At the time of writing, CNN hadn’t yet announced exactly who was going to be in the debate. However, in order to be in the debate, a person must be recognized as a candidate for DNC chair and have appeared in at least three out of four of the DNC’s Future Forums. The forums were held between January 14 and February 11, in Phoenix, Houston, Detroit, and Baltimore. The debate begins at 10 p.m. Eastern. 

The Phoenix Future Forum was attended by Keith Ellison, Tom Perez, Sally Boynton Brown, Ray Buckley, Pete Buttigieg, Jehmu Greene, and Jaime Harrison. The Houston forum was attended by 10 candidates, including Buttigieg, Perez, Ellison, Greene, Harrison, Peter Peckarsky, Buckley, Brown, and Vincent Tolliver. The Detroit forum was attended by 10 candidates (Vincent Tolliver was booted from the forum after criticizing Ellison’s faith, The Detroit News reported.) Other candidates who attended included Ellison, Buckley, Harrison, Boynton, and Buttigieg. Candidates who attended the Baltimore forum included Perez, Ellison, Buckley, Buttigieg, and six others.

Read on below for more details about tonight’s debate.


DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017


DNC CHAIR DEBATE AIR TIME: 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The debate will last 90 minutes.


TV CHANNEL: CNN — to find what channel CNN is on for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel CNN is on for you. (This will also be aired on CNN International and CNN Espanol.)


DEBATE LIVE STREAM: Click here to check out how to watch the debate via livestream. 


MODERATORS: Dana Bash, CNN Chief Political Strategist, and Chris Cuomo, News Day anchor


LOCATION: This will take place at the CNN Center in Atlanta and it will be broadcast live.

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