DNC Announces 20 Presidential Candidates in First Democratic Debate, 3 Did Not Qualify

June 15, 2019 Updated: June 15, 2019

The Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday the 20 presidential candidates who are qualified to participate in the first Democratic debates, which will be held in Miami, Florida.

Here are the participants in alphabetical order:

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

Former Vice President Joe Biden

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Former Maryland Representative John Delaney

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

California Senator Kamala Harris

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke

Ohio Representative Tim Ryan

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

California Representative Eric Swalwell

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Writer and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

The 20 Democratic Candidates Who Qualified for the First Presidential Debates

Candidates who qualified for these debates received at least 1 percent in three polls, or received donations from 65,000 supporters, including at least 200 donors in each of 20 states.

The Democrats who will be omitted from the debates are Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam; and Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton.

Bullock has been the most vocal critic of the system. He was one of the final candidates to enter the race after formally launching his presidential campaign in May.

He waited until after Montana’s legislature completed its session. But that gave him less time to build support in the polls or raise money.

“I had a job to do, and if it ultimately ever came down to choosing between getting Medicare reauthorized, getting 100,000 Montanans healthcare versus getting in earlier just to try to bump up on yet another poll, I’d make that same choice time and time again,” Bullock said on MSNBC after the list was finalized.

In another interview with NBC News, Bullock made it clear that he felt penalized for doing his job as governor.

The debates, which will be held over two nights on June 26 and June 27, offer an expansive Democratic vista in which Americans will get to hear each candidate and allow candidates who have trailed in opinion polls the opportunity to make an impact with voters.

The 20 candidates will be randomly divided between the two nights in a way that ensures top-qualifiers will be distributed evenly between both debates. The lineup for each night will be determined in New York.

In most election cycles, the list of candidates would not get much attention, but the large number of presidential hopefuls has the public’s attention. This historically large group of 23 candidates forced the Democratic Party to establish rules to limit participation and make the debates more manageable, forcing those trailing in the polls to make a last minute dash.

The debate will be broadcast prime time on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo and be streamed online for free on a variety of digital and social platforms.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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