Democrats release 20 names for the 2020 U.S. presidential first primary debate

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday June 13, released the names of 20 presidential candidates who qualified to participate later this month in the first primary debate of the 2020 presidential election.

The names are:

  1. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
  2. Former Vice President Joe Biden*
  3. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey*
  4. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg*
  5. Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro*
  6. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  7. Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
  8. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii*
  9. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York*
  10. Sen. Kamala Harris of California*
  11. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
  12. Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington*
  13. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota*
  14. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas*
  15. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
  16. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont*
  17. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
  18. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts*
  19. Author Marianne Williamson*
  20. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang*

The DNC had set two ways for candidates to qualify — fundraising and polling

Each of the candidates above qualified for the debates by receiving at least 1% in three polls, or by receiving donations from 65,000 supporters, including at least 200 donors apiece in 20 states.

The DNC said that those marked with an asterisk qualified through both polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds. The rest qualified through polling only.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Florida din’t qualify.

The debates scheduled for June 26 and June 27 will be hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. The event will air live at NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m ET both nights.

To ensure top-polling candidates are spread evenly between both debates, the 20 candidates who qualified will be randomly divided between the two nights.


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