Democratic candidates will debate a total of six times during the primary, beginning with the October debate in Nevada, hosted by CNN. The first four debates focus on the four traditional early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. After the October debate, the party has scheduled a November 14 debate in Des Moines (hosted by CBS/KCCI/The Des Moines Register), followed by one on December 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire (hosted by ABC and WMUR), and another on January 17 in Charleston, South Carolina (hosted by NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute). Dates for the fifth and sixth debates have not yet been set.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.