Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate if he declares his intention to seek his party’s nomination as late as the day of the debate, eligibility criteria released Monday by CNN shows.
So far, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb have been invited to the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate on Oct. 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.
All five of the candidates have achieved an average of 1% in three polls, recognized by CNN, released between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10. The debate criteria was published Monday morning.
CNN previously named Anchor Anderson Cooper as the debate moderator. On Monday, CNN announced that Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash and CNN en Español Anchor Juan Carlos Lopez will ask additional questions, and Anchor Don Lemon will present questions to the candidates submitted through Facebook during the two-hour primetime debate.
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SOURCE: CNN, Mark Preston