Presidential Primary Debate FAQs
What is the Presidential Primary Debate?
The debate hosted by Saint Anselm College, ABC News, WMUR-TV, and Apple News is the only debate in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary election on Feb. 11, 2020.
What is the New Hampshire Primary? When is the primary?
The New Hampshire Primary is the first in a series of nationwide primary elections held every four years.
When and where is the debate?
The debate is on Feb. 7, 2020 from 8 – 11 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. It will be airing from the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena on Saint Anselm College’s campus in Manchester, N.H.
Where can I get tickets?
There are a limited number of debate tickets available for the Saint Anselm College community. Those interested in attending will be included in a lottery; more details will be available shortly. All others interested in tickets to the debate should contact the DNC.
I am part of the media, how can I get credentials and other information for the event?
ABC News is handling all media credentialing. The media credential application and order form closed on January 15. If you’ve received credentials from ABC then they will send you additional information about the media filing center, parking, etc. You can also visit our media resources page for more information.
Does Saint Anselm College have a history of the debates?
Yes, Saint Anselm College has hosted debates since 1984 when the League of Women Voters sponsored a debate moderated by Barbara Walters featuring Walter Mondale, Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson. Learn more about the history of debates at Saint Anselm.
Who is participating in the debates?
Candidates will qualify for the debates based on criteria set forth by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). ABC News and the DNC will announce the qualifying candidates and debate format at a later date.
Who is moderating the debate?
ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, “World News Tonight” Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir and ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis will moderate the Democratic debate. They will be joined by WMUR-TV Political Director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV News Anchor Monica Hernandez who will also ask questions on the minds of voters.
Why would a Catholic college host a Democratic debate?
Saint Anselm’s participation underscores our mission to provide a transformative education that fosters critical thinking skills for our students. For more than 60 years, the college has been a nonpartisan participant in national politics, hosting hundreds of talks, forums and, since 1984, debates for both major political parties. The college’s role in the democratic process does not imply an endorsement of any party, candidate or position.
How can I watch the debates?
The ABC News Democratic Debate will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network and locally on WMUR-TV. ABC News will livestream the debate on ABC News Live featured on Apple News, Roku, Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ABC News site and mobile phone apps. WMUR-TV will also livestream the debate on www.WMUR.com and WMUR’s mobile app.
Will there be emergency responders at the event?
How long are the debates?
The debate is scheduled from 8 – 11 p.m. ET.
Where can I see pictures?
Images from the debate and other ABC events on campus can be found on Saint Anselm College social feeds: facebook, Instagram, Flickr. ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage and analysis of the debate on ABC News Live, the network’s 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel, ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com and FiveThirtyEight.
Where can I get live updates?
You can see college coverage of the debates on anselm.edu as well as Saint Anselm College social feeds: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage and analysis of the debate on ABC News Live, the network’s 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel, on ABC News Live, the network’s 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel: ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com and FiveThirtyEight.
What is the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP)?
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College offers unparalleled opportunities to students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Manchester community to be in the front row of a democratic process. Learn more about the NHIOP »