Here's what you need to know about the fourth 2020 Democratic presidential debate


For the first time since the House announced an impeachment inquiry, 12 candidates will meet on the debate stage Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

A dozen Democratic hopefuls will take the stage Tuesday night for the fourth Democratic primary debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. The debate is being co-hosted by CNN and the New York Times, and can be streamed from both sites.

Twelve candidates will be onstage for this one-night debate. The qualifying candidates are former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and activist Tom Steyer.

The first two debates spanned two nights, with 10 candidates each night. The last debate, the third in the series, featured 10 candidates, who will all be returning with the addition of Gabbard and Steyer.

Tuesday's debate will be the first time the candidates gather since Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Since that time, Trump has publicly asked both China and Ukraine to help him with the 2020 election by requesting both countries investigate Biden. It is illegal to solicit or accept dirt on political opponents from foreign nationals.

As in previous debates, the candidates may discuss issues such as health care, gun safety measures, immigration, and economic policies, laying out their vision for a safer, healthier, more prosperous country.

Following Tuesday's debate, the fifth debate will be held Nov. 20 in Georgia, a state that could be pivotal in both the race for the White House and control of the Senate.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.