Dems re­veal 20 picks for de­bates

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/NATION - By Michael Fin­negan

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.

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