Today at 7 PM ET is the first presidential debate for the Democratic presidential candidates. In South Carolina, all eight candidates are attending.
The debate is 90 minutes long with no commercial breaks and no opening or closing statements from candidates. Candidates have 1 minute to answer questions with an opportunity for a 30-second rebuttal. Toward the end, there will be a “lightning round” with 30-second response times. Each candidate will likely get around 11 minutes of air time as the networks have designed special software to ensure equal time.
– An article from The State on the expectations game
– An article from The Times and Democrat on debate prep
– And a post from The Fix: Setting the Stage