Steve Bullock has made the cut for the second Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit at the end of this month. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), whose support among his own base continues to be eclipsed by Warren, and a number of other candidates, including entrepreneur Andrew Yang and author Marianne Williamson.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is will still be appearing on the first night, but at least she has Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, author Marianne Williamson, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, and Montana Gov Steve Bullock.
But CNN hyped the potential face-offs to the highest drama, showing reporters shuffling names and then doing each drawing live (including from an overhead camera). There's every chance what's effectively been a nonaggression pact will survive a debate night - with the pair using the platform to advocate for their mostly similar platforms. Harris and Biden will again share center stage in the July 31 debate.
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The debates will run from 8 p.m.to 10 p.m. EDT both nights.
Amid much fanfare, the left-leaning network revealed who would take to the stage on which night later this month. Candidates must meet both the polling and the individual donor threshold, requiring candidates get at least 2% support in four DNC-approved polls and at least 130,000 individual donors over the course of the election cycle, with a minimum of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.
Bullock publicly complained about the DNC before the first debate, arguing that he was being penalized for doing his job as governor of Montana, something that kept him from announcing a 2020 bid earlier. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who was in the first debate in June, dropped out of the presidential race on July 8. The debate, should they play nice with each other, presents them both with a golden opportunity to talk up their progressive plans without a heavy-hitting critic like Biden there to criticize them. For the Miami contest, Moulton traveled to the city for the media exposure. Ten candidates will participate on July 30 and 31 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit.
The result is a field of candidates in search of did-you-see-that clips to dominate successive news cycles, something to keep them in the churn of cable and social media content that drives attention, small-dollar contributions and, they hope, a rise in the polls. "We are confident that Tom will be on that stage", Steyer spokesman Alberto Lammers said.