Dems reveal 20 picks for debates
Democrats on Thursday named the 20 candidates who qualified to participate in the first debate for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, and all of the best-known White House hopefuls made the cut.
The debate, to be televised live by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, will take place in Miami on June 26 and 27, with 10 candidates on stage each night. On Friday, the media sponsors will announce the candidate lineups for each night.
Participants include former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Also in the debate are Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Eric Swalwell of California, and Tim Ryan of Ohio; Mayors Bill de Blasio of New York and Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; former housing Secretary Julian Castro; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Reps. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and John Delaney of Maryland; author Marianne Williamson; and businessman Andrew Yang.
Three candidates — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Fla. — were excluded from the debate.