South Carolina will host one of the six debates for Democratic presidential candidates this upcoming primary race, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.
The specific locations and dates have not yet been set. The DNC said Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire will also be the sites for the debates. All four states are early primary sites. The party says it also held six debates in the 2008 presidential race.
“We’ve always believed that we would have a competitive primary process, and that debates would be an important part of that process,” DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress – no matter whom our nominee may be.”
Two Democratic candidates have officially entered the race so far, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Other candidates are expected to announce their bids in the coming months.
Each of the debates will be televised, although those details would also be hammered out at a future date.