The first Democratic Primary Debate of the year 2016 is going to happen very soon, and for those that want to watch the event live on NBC or online through Live Streaming, this is an option. The date and time have been set, but one of the candidates, Martin O'Malley, might not be making it.
So far, the remaining Democratic candidates for the last few Democratic debates of 2015 have been Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. This could be down to two as a new set of rules released last Friday could exclude O'Malley from the event, according to the Inquisitr.
Apparently each candidate must have an average of 5 percent from the five most recent national polls the network recognizes, or from the polls released by the states of Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina. O'Malley does qualify because of the approval numbers in Iowa, but this average could change by the January 14th deadline. A recent report shows that O'Malley is just 2.3 percent in New Hampshire and 2.5 percent in South Carolina.
A recent poll showed Hillary Clinton at 54 percent, Bernie Sanders at 39 percent, and O'Malley at only 3 percent. His campaign fund is also the least at $1.3 million with Sanders at $26 million and Clinton at $30 million.
O'Malley recently stated this about the way that NBC is handling the debate: "Bad enough that we would be limited to four debates and that they would hide them on Saturdays behind football games. But now they tell us that they can't really manage perhaps a three-way race. Well, I've got news for them. This election is not up to NBC executives, not up to pollsters, it's up to you, the people of Iowa." Both of the other candidates want to ensure that O'Malley appears on stage with them, according to their recent tweets.
The first Democratic Primary Debate will take place on NBC in Charleston, South Carolina, and it will be moderated by Lester Holt at 9 PM ET on NBC. For those that want to stream it live, it can be done via the NBC News YouTube Channel. According to Tech Times, those watching the debate from YouTube will have the chance to get involved in the discussion as NBC will feature questions from the YouTube community with Democratic candidates taking advantage of social media.
Just before the first Democratic debate of 2016 will be the first Republican debate of 2016 which will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina on January 14, 2016. Looking ahead to the election, the next Democratic debate will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016. It will be sponsored by PBS and held in Wisconsin. The second Republican Debate of 2016 will air five days earlier on January 28, 2016, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.