Democratic presidential debate field shapes up for two-night Detroit event in July

June 11, 2019, 8:49 AM

Twenty Democratic candidates for president will crowd the Fox Theatre stage July 30-31, as Detroit hosts a two-night debate-a-palooza. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are among the early front-runners.

You may have noticed many of these candidates begging on social media for small donations in order to qualify for the first of the Democratic National Committee-sponsored debate events. That's because the threshold to get there has been polling at 1 percent in at least three approved polls, or donations from 65,000 individuals.

So far, at least 20 meet one or both of those qualifications, the Free Press reports:

[Those meeting both thresholds are] former Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; entrepreneur Andrew Yang of New York; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; former HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas; Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, and activist Marianne Williamson.

In addition, Politico reported that that seven other candidates have met the 1% polling threshold:

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.

You can see why this is a two-night event. No word on when tickets will be available.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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