Democratic Debate Line-Up Announced; One Front-Runner Gets Shafted
There are 23 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nominations, and 20 will face off over two nights of debates June 26-27 (three were eliminated because they didn’t poll at 1%).
Here’s the line-up:
Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey
Julián Castro, former housing secretary
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York
John Delaney, former representative from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, representative from Hawaii
Jay Inslee, governor of Washington
Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota
Beto O’Rourke, former representative from Texas
Tim Ryan, representative from Ohio
Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts
Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado
Joseph R. Biden Jr., former vice president
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.
Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York
Kamala Harris, senator from California
John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
Eric Swalwell, representative from California
Marianne Williamson, self-help author
Andrew Yang, former tech executive
That means two of the top three candidates in the polls will face off on Night 2 — Biden and Sanders. Harris, too, will be there, as will Buttigieg, also in the top tier.
Warren, meanwhile, is stuck with the also-rans.
The latest Quinnipiac poll stacks up this way — Biden 30, Sanders 19, Warren 15, Buttigieg 8, Harris 7, O’Rourke 3, Booker 1, Klobuchar 1, Bennet 0, Yang 1, Gillibrand 0, Inslee 0, Castro 0. All the rest have zero, as well.
So Warren, at 15, will face off with a candidate at 3 and another at 1.
The debates will be moderated by the NBC anchors Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd, the Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, and the MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.