The November Democratic debate will be held at Tyler Perry Studios, MSNBC confirmed on Monday.
The network is broadcasting the Nov. 20 debate, which Stacey Abrams had previously disclosed would be held at the recently-opened studios. Tyler Perry Studios. The debate will be held at Soundstage 1 – The Oprah Winfrey Sound Stage.
Tyler Perry and his new studio has gained national attention recently. He held a star-studded grand opening earlier this month for the new facility. The 330-acre lot used to be a U.S. Army base known as Fort McPherson. Perry made history by becoming the first African American man to own a major movie studio.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms retweeted MSNBC’s announcement about the location, saying “thank you for choosing Atlanta.”
She also mentioned the history of Fort McPherson.
Thank you for choosing Atlanta. The fact that this will be hosted on an old Confederate Army base, built by slaves, and now owned by an African-American man, speaks to all our country has been, all that it is, and all that it can be. @tylerperry https://t.co/tBqW1nfHxo— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) November 4, 2019
ccording to MSNBC, the debate will feature an all-women moderator panel, with NBC news hosts and reporters Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker.
NBC News reports that nine candidates are currently qualified for the debate, based on having 165,000 donors and reaching certain thresholds in national and early-voting state polls.