Ten candidates will appear onstage: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Senator Kamala Harris of California; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont; billionaire activist Tom Steyer; Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and former US Vice President Joe Biden.
The candidates were required to hit higher benchmarks than in earlier debates, reaching a 3-percent level of support in at least four early state or national polls that are recognized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as having 165,000 unique donors.
According to the rules of the fifth debate, announced earlier by the host-broadcasters MSNBC and The Washington Post, candidates will have 75 seconds to answer questions posed to them and 45 seconds for follow-ups - at the moderators' discretion. Candidates should be able to respond if they're referred to by name by another candidate, and that will also be at the moderators' discretion.
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