Twenty Democratic presidential candidates have been split into two groups of 10 for the second round of Democratic debates in Detroit on July 30 and 31.
The July 30 debate will feature:
- Author Marianne Williamson
- Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
- Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
- Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
- South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
The July 31 debate will feature:
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
- Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
- Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro
- California Sen. Kamala Harris
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
The drawing is not totally random. CNN divided the candidate pool into three tiers of 10, six and four and split each tier evenly between the two debate nights, reported Reid Epstein of The New York Times. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders’s Speechwriter Shares Study Attacking Bidencare By Comparing Its Estimated ‘Death Toll’ To 9/11 Deaths)
Podium placement — who gets to be in the middle of the stage and who is relegated to its edges — will be based on public polling.
Viewers can expect one main change in the overall lineup: since California Rep. Eric Swalwell dropped out of the race July 8, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will replace him.
In order to qualify, the candidates had to poll at 1% or more in at least three qualified polls or receive donations from at least 65,000 individual donors, with a minimum number of 200 individual donors each in at least 20 states.
The first round of Democratic debates in Miami in June included many standout moments, including Harris’s emotional telling of her experience with school busing aimed at Biden’s civil rights record.
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