Democratic Debate Live Stream: How to Watch Tonight’s Debate Online without Cable

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Tonight is the fifth Democratic debate as candidates seek to be the Democrats’ 2020 Presidential candidate. You can watch the debate online if you don’t have access to a cable or satellite subscription. The debate tonight will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on MSNBC on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Here are details on how to watch a live stream of the debate online for free.

Streaming Options

You can stream the debate live on NBC News’ webpage here. You can also stream it for free on and

If you prefer mobile apps, you can stream the debate NBC News and The Washington Post‘s apps. The debate itself will not be streamed on YouTube, although pre- and post-debate coverage will be, which you can watch in the second section of this story below.

If you have a streaming service, you can also watch MSNBC live on FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, or Sling TV.

Pre- & Post-Debate Streams

NBC has a pre-debate show below, but it will not be showing the actual debate in an embeddable stream. You can watch the pre-debate show while you wait for the actual debate to begin below.

Democratic Debate Pre-Show | NBC News Now (Live Stream Recording)Debate starts at 9PM EST. Tune in: » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and engaging news stories. NBC News Digital features,,, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, and the…2019-11-21T06:51:02Z

The Washington Post is offering live pre- and post-debate analysis in the video below. This will not show the actual debate either. You’ll need to use one of the options listed earlier to watch the debate itself.

Watch: Analysis of the fifth Democratic presidential debateJoin Washington Post reporters for live pre- and post-debate analysis. The debate will NOT be streamed live on YouTube — watch the actual debate from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time on Only pre- and post-debate analysis will be live on YouTube beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and coverage will resume at 11 p.m.…2019-11-21T06:09:22Z

Lineup & Details for the November 20 Debate

Tonight’s debate is hosted by The Washington Post and MSNBC. The debate will air from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern on November 20, 2019.

The following candidates will be in tonight’s debate. There are only 10 tonight, down from 12 in the last debate in October.

  • Joe Biden, former Vice President
  • Cory Booker, New Jersey senator
  • Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • Kamala Harris, California senator
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii congresswoman
  • Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator
  • Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator
  • Tom Steyer, businessman
  • Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator
  • Andrew Yang, entrepreneur

To qualify for tonight’s debate, candidates had to poll at 3 percent or higher for four qualifying early-state or national polls, or they must poll at 5 percent or higher in two early-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina. They must also receive donations from 165,000 unique donors, which includes at least 600 individual donors in at least 20 states.

Where the candidates stand during the debate is determined by their polls.

The debate is being held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Tyler Perry Studios. The debate is co-hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post. Tonight’s debate will be moderated by an all-female panel: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker.

Expect some big issues to come up tonight during the debate. Elizabeth Warren’s shift regarding Medicare for All, saying that she will push for it after she’s been in office for three years, will likely be discussed. Bernie Sanders’ health may also be brought up again, as could the impeaching inquiry hearings that are currently happening. Candidates might also discuss Andrew Yang’s often-touted UBI proposal. And Tulsi Gabbard will likely once again call on candidates to end all regime change wars.

The next debate after tonight’s will take place on December 19 in Los Angeles. It will be hosted by Politico and PBS. The qualifications are stricter for this next one. A candidate must get at least 4 percent in four qualifying polls (nationally or in early voting states)  between October 16 and December 12, or at least 6 percent in two early state polls (that’s Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada.) They must also have donations from at least 200,000 unique donors, which includes 800 unique donors in at least 20 states.

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