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Second DNC Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Detroit

Today, the DNC is proud to announce that the second presidential primary debate, broadcast live on CNN, will be held in Detroit, Michigan. The debate will take place in prime time on back-to-back nights on July 30 and 31.  


The debate will be broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español. Our broadcast partners are fully committed to providing accessible communications for deaf and disabled audiences as well. An unauthenticated live stream of the debate will also be available for all users on CNN’s website, mobile apps and connected TVs via CNNgo.

The debate lineups for each night will be determined at random to provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience. Additional details on the venue, moderators, communication accessibility, and timing will be announced at a later date.


“Detroit embodies the values and character of the Democratic Party,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “It’s a city of grit and determination, a city that has gotten knocked down only to get back up stronger. With its diversity, its storied history, and its proud ties to the labor movement, Detroit is the perfect place for our party’s second debate.”


“Detroit is one of America’s great cities,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes. “For decades, the Motor City has been a critical pillar of our nation’s economy and an icon of American innovation. And I can’t wait to welcome our amazing Democratic candidates to Michigan as we show the American people that we are truly the party of working people.”

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