LIVE From Saint Anselm College: The ABC News Democratic Debate

The Democratic candidates for president will take to the stage in the Carr Center at Saint Anselm College Saturday night for the first of two nationally televised debates to be broadcast from campus this winter. "World News Tonight" Anchor David Muir and ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate the debate.

ABC NewsSponsored by ABC News in partnership with the New Hampshire Union Leader, the debate will air at 8 p.m. on the ABC Television Network. It will also stream live on

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will join former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on stage. The college will host a Republican debate on Saturday, February 6.

Saturday’s gathering takes place less than two months before New Hampshire voters are set to head to the polls for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.

"We're proud of our long record of participation in the presidential selection process, especially this year, the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire Primary," said Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College. "The opportunity to take part in the debates, to host the candidates, and the national news media, offers our students a unique educational experience and a memory they will carry throughout their lives. There is no better way to learn about the process than to be part of it."


Every four years, Saint Anselm College becomes "America's Classroom" in the election season preceding New Hampshire's Primary. Home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP), a political gathering place of all major contenders for the White House, Saint Anselm has a rich history of hosting debates and presidential primary events. ABC News chose the college for a Republican primary debate in January 2012; CNN previously held a debate at Saint Anselm in June 2011. CNN and ABC conducted four debates for the 2008 election cycle.

Over the past seven decades, Saint Anselm College has experienced hundreds of visits, talks, speeches and other election-related events including national political figures. Between 2014-2015, 15 candidates for the country's highest office appeared at Politics & Eggs, a N.H. event series and tradition conducted by the New England Council and the NHIOP.