“The choice the American people will face in next November’s election couldn’t be more important. What’s at stake is nothing less than 13 million new jobs and 67 months of private sector job growth, health insurance within reach for millions who previously couldn’t afford it, and expanded opportunities for every American. The DNC Democratic Debates are about building on these successes, and after watching a Republican field debate ways to tear us down and drag America back, it’s time to see our candidates present a strong vision for how to keep America moving forward. Tune in, and ask your friends and family to join you!”
-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
When the Democratic Schedule was announced several months ago many people shook their heads in disbelief. The third debate was to be held on an a Saturday night right before Christmas. A night when people are not at home but instead out Christmas shopping for last minutes gifts. Of course the audience was sparse, and that debate drew just 7.85 million viewers, according to Nielsen, putting it in a solid last place for viewers of debates for the 2016 election cycle. By contrast the first debate, which was scheduled at a much more accessible time, was viewed by 15 million. Almost twice as many as the third showdown. #DebateGate
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been accused of purposely limiting the amount of debates and burying the ones that are scheduled to keep the lesser known candidates from gaining any traction. That tactic has worked to some degree in keeping the American people from getting to know Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley and those other guys whose names I can’t remember right now. See? It worked. The only one it didn’t work on though was Bernie Sanders. His campaign is so popular and his message so strong that debate or no debate, it really doesn’t matter, he is on fire.
Now the Democratic National Committee is not supposed to play favorites, because, well, democracy. But they did and it probably would have worked had Bernie’s message not gotten out so quickly. We’ve heard Bernie Sanders talk in the past about being stunned that his campaign grew so quickly. Can you imagine the discussions in the Clinton war room about that issue? They had to have been even more stunned than Bernie was. So, here’s when the next debate is.Sunday night, after a long day of being planted in front of the TV watching the NFL playoffs for many people.
Here’s how you can watch the debate:
Date: January 17, 2016
Location: Charleston, SC
Sponsors: NBC News, Congressional Black Caucus Institute, South Carolina Democratic Party
Time: NBC stations starting at 9 p.m. ET.
You can also find it in one of these mobile locations:
- On the NBC News Android App
- On your Amazon App or FireTV
- On the NBC News app
- On your Apple TV: Available through the tvOS Appstore
- On Roku