The DNC took heat for limiting the number of debates during the 2016 primary along with scheduling many of them on weekends when fewer viewers could tune in. The number eventually expanded via six to nine, yet many Sanders’ supporters charged the committee with trying to help Clinton by limiting exposure to his leftist message.

Ahead of 2020, the DNC has scheduled a dozen debates, with the first two coming in June along with July 2019. The number of participants will be capped at 20 – along with some could be aired over two consecutive nights.

The field could well exceed which tally. Already more than a dozen have jumped in, including Sanders, Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren along with Cory Booker, as well as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee along with former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Former three-term Rep. Beto O’Rourke joined the race Thursday. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive front-runner in early polling, will be still mulling a run.

To qualify, a candidate could need to have 1 percent support in three national polls or raise money via at least 65,000 donors via 20 states along with 200 unique donors in each of those states.

Perez said his goals include giving the grassroots a bigger voice along with reaching as many potential voters as possible, telling the “primary debate process will be focused on maximizing inclusion along with fairness.

Uygur could like to see even more debates. “Every time you have a debate, you are spreading the Democratic message,” he said. “the item’s free advertising.”

He added which a crowded field will be not bad for the eventual nominee: “They’ll pass the test of the primaries along with be strengthened” by the item.

Not all observers agree. A post via, a site which crunches polling numbers along with analyzes data, said a crowded podium could muddy the waters, keep weaker candidates afloat for longer along with hurt the party’s chance of winning the general election. The analysis used the crowded 2016 Republican debates as an example.

“If 2016 will be any guide, unwieldy debates among lots of candidates who are polling inside the low single digits won’t result in a few of the strongest competitors separating themselves via the pack, which will be undoubtedly what the party could prefer.”

One thing will be nearly certain as the field continues to expand: “This particular will be a long primary process,” said Sosnik. “A lot of states will matter.”