Who made the third Democratic presidential debate
After two debates that spanned two nights and included 20 candidates, the third Democratic debate will cut those numbers in half.
The lineup of presidential candidates who made the debate stage was announced Thursday and included 10 of the 20 Democrats seeking the White House. The debate will also be confined to one night. It will air live on ABC, Univision, KTRK-TV and ABC News Live on Sept. 12. It will be hosted at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston.
The following candidates will appear on stage together:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
- South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
- Sen. Kamala Harris of California
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas
- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Andrew Yang, entrepreneur
The September debate is the first that required raised thresholds in polling and fundraising, in accordance with Democratic National Committee guidelines. To make the stage, candidates had to meet a 2% threshold in four qualifying national or early state polls and secure at least 130,000 unique donors, including 400 donors each from at least 20 states. Candidates had until Wednesday to meet the marks.
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The new polling and fundraising thresholds have proved difficult for many candidates, and four Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race since the previous debate in July. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out on Wednesday, the day of the deadline to meet the qualifications.
Candidates left off the stage this time around after having made at least one of the previous debates include: Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado; Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Rep. John Delaney; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio; and author Marianne Williamson.
Three other candidates – Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam; Navy vice admiral and former Rep. Joe Sestak; and billionaire activist Tom Steyer – have not qualified for any of the three debates.
Those who were in danger of missing the stage weren’t shy about their frustrations with the process earlier this month.
“We’re rewarding celebrity candidates with millions of Twitter followers, billionaires who buy their way onto the debate stage, and candidates who have been running for president for years,” Bennet said last week at the DNC’s summer meeting in San Francisco. “It forces campaigns to (fork) over millions of dollars to Facebook (to purchase ads to gain donors), the same platform that let the Russians interfere in 2016, instead of harnessing the resources to talk to voters.”
Gabbard’s campaign on Monday called for the DNC to revise which polls it considers for qualifying, citing in a statement “numerous irregularities in the selection and timing of those polls.”
“Notably, there have been only four qualifying polls released after the second Democratic primary debate compared with fourteen qualifying polls released in the month after the first Democratic primary debate,” the statement read.
On Wednesday morning, the campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters referencing the DNC debate criteria.
Williamson’s campaign also took issue Tuesday night with the number of polls that have been released since July.
“There was an expectation that the chosen pollsters would participate and poll during this time period,” a release from the campaign stated. “Therefore, the DNC should have monitored the process to ensure that all the polls they designated were fielded and released in a timely manner. “