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Democratic National Committee officials have set the lineup for the next Democratic presidential debate. Unlike the first two such debates, the September event will be held to just 10 of the candidates jousting on stage during a single evening.
The debate will take place September 12 in Houston, Texas and will be broadcast on the ABC television network.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro and Andrew Yang all made the cut to appear in the September debate, based on their status in polling and the number of donors they attracted.
That leaves 10 other Democratic contenders, including billionaire Tom Steyer, out in the cold.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) dropped out of the presidential contest Wednesday specifically because she didn’t make the cut for the September debate.
However, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said she doesn’t plan to drop her presidential bid after not making the cut despite being featured during the first two.
“Yeah, obviously the debates are a great platforms to be able to reach a lot of people across this country, but it’s not the only way to be able to talk to voters and to be able to spend time with them,” she said. “That’s exactly what I’m doing here in Iowa and I’ll continue to do across the country.
“Being able to get out into these small towns and big cities, getting to people’s living rooms and sitting around the kitchen table really talking about the issues that are important to them is the kind of people-powered grassroots campaign that we are running,” Gabbard added. “And I look forward to being able to continue to have the opportunity to do that.”
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