2016 GOP, Democratic presidential debate schedule

Voter registrationBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The third Republican debate — titled “Your Money, Your Vote” —  is Wednesday night, October 28, 2015, at 8:00 Eastern Time, from the University of Colorado in Boulder (CNBC).

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul will participate in the two-hour debate.

At 6:00, four additional Republican candidates — Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham — will debate. They have polled at lower than 2.5 percent so are not allowed to debate with the Top 10. I am surprised once again that Virginia’s former governor Jim Gilmore has been excluded from this group.

CNBC moderators for the prime time debate will be chief Washington correspondent John Harwood, and “Squawk Box” co-anchors Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla.

Three additional Republican debates in the primary season will be held:

  • November 10: Milwaukee (Fox Business Network)
  • December 15: Las Vegas (CNN)
  • January 2016: Iowa (Fox News Channel).

Additional dates for at least five debates will be added in 2016.

Once the Republican and Democratic nominees are known, General Election debates will take place. For those who want to save the date on their calendars, the dates are:

  • September 26, 2016: First presidential debate. Dayton, Ohio, at Wright State University
  • October 4, 2016: Vice presidential debate. Farmville, Virginia at Longwood University
  • October 9, 2016: Second presidential debate. St. Louis, Missouri, at Washington University in St. Louis
  • October 19, 2016: Third presidential debate. Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Note that the vice presidential debate on October 4, 2016, will take place in Farmville, Virginia, at Longwood College.

Democrats have fielded one debate so far this election season and have five more scheduled:

  • November 14, 2015: Des Moines, Iowa. (CBS, KCCI, The Des Moines Register)
  • December 19, 2015: Manchester, New Hampshire. (ABC and WMUR)
  • January 17, 2016: Charleston, South Carolina. (NBC and Congressional Black Caucus Institute)
  • February 11, 2016: Location to be determined, Wisconsin. (PBS)
  • March 9, 2016: Miami, Florida. (Univision and Washington Post)


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