The Democratic National Committee has announced that twenty candidates are qualified to appear at the first primary debate at the end of this month.
With so many people, they’re actually holding two debates over two nights with ten candidates at each event.
FOX News reports:
DNC announces lineup for first round of 2020 primary debates, but stage still isn’t set
The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the 20 candidates who made the cut and will take the stage in two weeks for the first round of primary debates.
The DNC said that 14 candidates qualified by reaching polling and individual contribution thresholds. They are former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing and Urban Development secretary and former onetime San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Julian Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Six more candidates will take the stage by reaching the polling criteria. They are Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio; and Rep. Eric Swalwell of California.
Failing to qualify from the historically enormous field of declared Democratic presidential candidates are Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana; Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts; and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam.
Here’s a video report from CBS News:
Some people had fun with this news on Twitter:
DNC trying to fit everyone on the debate stage pic.twitter.com/IDsS6ohiIi
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 13, 2019
Preview of the Democratic Debate stage. pic.twitter.com/HPk0HHnPTL
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 13, 2019
It’s going to be quite a sight to behold.
Good luck to the lower polling candidates. They won’t get a word in.