CNN Tries To Build Suspense (Yawn) for Detroit Debates Through Selection Process

July 17, 2019, 6:09 PM

CNN appears to be trying to create suspense by drawing out the selection process for Detroit presidential debates in two weeks.

Yawn. We're not feeling the thrill.  

On Wednesday, the network named the 20 candidates qualifying for the debates July 30-31 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. 

A live, random drawing at 8 a.m. Thursday will to determine each night's lineup. 

How exciting!

Note to CNN: Next time just announce everything all at once. It's not that exciting to find out what night each candidate will participate. 

Here's who makes the cut:

  1. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  2. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  3. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  4. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  5. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  6. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  7. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
  8. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
  9. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  10. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  11. California Sen. Kamala Harris
  12. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  13. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
  14. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  15. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke
  16. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
  17. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  18. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  19. Author Marianne Williamson
  20. Businessman Andrew Yang

These longshot presidential hopefuls don't qualify:

  1. Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton
  2. Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne Messam
  3. Billionaire investor Tom Steyer
  4. Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak

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