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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:54 pm 
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DNC Debate Lineup Is Set

The deadline to qualify for the first round of the Democratic debates arrived on Thursday, and—fortunately for DNC chair Tom Perez—exactly 20 people made the cut, which spares him from having to make and justify any tough decisions about whom to exclude. Here is the lucky group that scored an invite:

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Joe Biden
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend)
Julián Castro
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City)
John Delaney
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
John Hickenlooper
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN)
Beto O'Rourke
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang

That leaves Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Mike Gravel, and Mayor Wayne Messam (D-Miramar) on the outside looking in. Of that quartet, the only one who is squawking about it is Bullock, who believes he actually did qualify, and is demanding to be let in. That's not going to do him any good; the DNC gets to make the decisions, and their decision is that he's out. He might be able to qualify for the next round of debates, and if so, then Perez will have to start making tough choices. Of course, Perez is hoping that Bullock drops out and decides to challenge Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), a race he might be able to win.

The DNC has not yet announced which candidates will be scheduled for which night, nor what positions they will be given on the stage. In fact, it hasn't even said when those decisions will be made. The two debates are two weeks away, on June 26 and 27, so it's definitely sometime between now...and then.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/dnc-names-20-candidates-who-will-appear-stage-first-democratic-n1017316

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/13/steve-bullock-democrats-debate-1362900

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