Benjamin Swasey Ben Swasey is a deputy editor on the Washington Desk, covering the 2020 presidential campaign through the inauguration. A Massachusetts native, Swasey was previously a political editor and digital manager at WBUR in Boston. 6 Democrats Debate In Iowa: Here's What You Need To Know By Benjamin Swasey • Jan 14, 2020 Update at 3:30 p.m. ET We're up to the seventh debate, and down to six candidates. The leading Democratic presidential candidates return to the debate stage Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET — this time in Iowa, which hosts the first-in-the-nation caucuses in less than three weeks.