The Democratic National Committee (DNC) selected the lineup for the two presidential debate nights in Miami June 26 and June 27 on Friday.
The debates — which will be broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. central time — will be the first of a dozen debates the DNC has planned.
The first debate of the 2016 Republican primary — which was the largest field of candidates in presidential primary history until this year’s seven-candidate increase on their 17 — had 24 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.
The DNC announced the 20 candidates who qualified for a podium will be divided into two groups: those polling an average of 2% and higher, and those below that threshold. The DNC said they would equally split candidates from the higher tier between the two debate nights, in order to prevent the poll leaders from dominating one debate night.
The candidates appearing on the stage for the June 26 debate are:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro of Texas
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington
The candidates appearing on the stage for the June 27 debate are:
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
Author Marianne Williamson of California
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Businessman Andrew Yang of New York
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
NBC decided which night each group of candidates would appear on.