Democratic Party presidential debates:Twelve US Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls will take the stage on Tuesday night in the fourth debate of the year.
The event, hosted by the New York Times and CNN in Westerville, Ohio, will welcome two candidates who did not make September’s debate: businessman Tom Steyer and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
It is the first debate since the United States House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, it also comes amid heavy criticism of the US president’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, leaving Kurdish fighters without US military support as Turkey launched a military offensive in the northeast part of the country.
The October debate will take place in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm local time (00:00-03:00GMT).
The Democratic National Committee imposed stricter guidelines for the September and October debates.
For the fourth debate, candidates had to have polled at least two percent in four DNC-approved polls and received at least 130,000 unique donations by October 1.
These are the candidates who qualified:
Former Vice President Joe Biden
US Senator Cory Booker
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
US Representative Tulsi Gabbard
US Senator Kamala Harris
US Senator Amy Klobuchar
Former US Representative Beto O’Rourke
US Senator Bernie Sanders
Businessman Tom Steyer
US Senator Elizabeth Warren
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Seven candidates did not meet the threshold for claiming a spot on stage.
They include US Senator Michael Bennet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, former US Congressman John Delaney, Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, US Congressman Tim Ryan, former US Representative Joe Sestak and entrepreneur Marianne Williamson.
Democratic Party presidential debates schedule has been finalised.