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How to watch the second set of 2020 Democratic debates on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

The second round of Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections are happening 8 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31. Here's how to tune in from any Apple device you might have.

Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris



If you're on a Mac you have a range of options. The debates are being hosted by CNN, which is livestreaming via cnn.com. For some people it may be more convenient to stream via CNN's YouTube channel.

On iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs, the simplest option may be to use the CNN app. The debates will be free to watch regardless of which platform you're on.

You should also be able to watch via YouTube's own iOS and Apple TV apps, though you may have to search for CNN if the streams aren't featured on your homepage.

It's perhaps unnecessary, but yet another alternative is tuning in via an internet TV service. The cheapest choice is likely Sling TV, which includes CNN on either of its base $25 tiers, and is currently offering the first month for $15. You do have to pay $5 extra for cloud DVR functions however, so bear that in mind if there's a chance you might miss part of the debate or were hoping to record the whole event.

Note that live TV services typically offer a free one-week trial, so if all you care about is this week's debates, you can subscribe and immediately cancel. If so you might try out more expensive but comprehensive services like PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV.

Each debate will feature 10 candidates. The Tuesday lineup includes:

  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Tim Ryan
  • John Hickenlooper
  • John Delaney
  • Steve Bullock


On Wednesday:

  • Cory Booker
  • Joe Biden
  • Kamala Harris
  • Julian Castro
  • Andrew Yang
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Michael Bennet
  • Jay Inslee
  • Bill de Blasio