DES MOINES, Iowa — The Democratic presidential hopefuls will face voters in a CNN town hall on Monday in Des Moines — one week before the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will field questions from Iowa Democrats in this prime-time event hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University.
“We are honored to partner with CNN on their town hall with our three fantastic Democratic candidates,” said Dr. Andy McGuire, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. “With this event airing just one week before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, it’s an incredible opportunity for Iowans to see our candidates detail their plans to move our country forward and their vision for Iowa and the nation.”
The town hall, which will be moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, will air from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET, the network announced. A CNN spokesperson added that it will make the town hall available to its Iowa affiliates to air live.
Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee announced that it was awarding its February 25 debate in Houston to CNN, which will take place right before Super Tuesday. CNN will also be hosting the March 10 GOP debate in Florida, just days before the first winner-take-all primaries of the 2016 race for the White House.
CNN held two Republican debates last fall, as well as a Democratic debate that was the most-watched Democratic debate in history.
The CNN town hall comes as the race for the Democratic nomination shows Clinton and Sanders locked in a close battle for Iowa, while Sanders leads Clinton in New Hampshire, and Clinton is seen more favorably by Democrats in South Carolina and in national polls.