• BC-2020 Election Debates, ADVISORY


    Twelve Democratic presidential hopefuls will take to the debate stage in Westerville, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The debate is hosted by CNN and The New York Times and will air live on CNN from 8-11 p.m. Eastern.

    For up-to-the-minute coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

    Here is a look at the AP’s planned coverage:

    MONDAY, OCT. 14:

    ELECTION 2020-OHIO: How did Ohio move away from the Democrats? By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, by 12:01 a.m.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE: Preview of Oct. 15 debate. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

    TUESDAY, OCT. 15:

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE: Democrats gather in Westerville, Ohio for the 4th debate of the 2020 season. Debate takes place 8-11 p.m. ET. Setup story moves overnight with updates throughout the day and evening. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 12:01 a.m.

    ELECTION 2020-THE LATEST: Latest developments in Westerville, Ohio debates. Will be updated throughout the day.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-QUESTIONS: Seven big questions heading into the Democratic debate. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1 a.m.

    ELECTION 2020-FACT CHECK: Fact check on merit during debate.


    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-ANALYSIS: Analysis of Houston debate. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 12 p.m.

    ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-TAKEAWAYS: Takeaways from the debate. By Nicholas Riccardi. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1 a.m., photos.


    Photos in and around venue will move on merits on Oct. 14. On Oct. 15, photos from the debate venue will move on merits throughout the day. Photos from the debate will be expedited.


    AP will provide live pictures of the debate venue from starting at 4pm ET on Oct. 15 and have cameras around the arena to potentially capture candidates arriving or speaking. AP will provide edits of debate highlights for broadcast clients domestically and internationally. No online edits are permitted. After the debate, AP will have cameras in the spin room to gather reaction from available candidates. Reaction will be edited for broadcast and online clients (NR/CR). AP will also have reaction from voters that will be edited for broadcast and online clients (NR/CR).


    AP Candidate Field Guide 2020 is available.

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