Democratic Presidential Debates – Update #4

Updated: February 13, 2020

The next three Democratic debates are scheduled for February so as to coincide with upcoming Presidential primaries. These debates will be held February 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada and February 25 in Charleston, South Carolina. As of January 29, according to a New York Times article, seven candidates, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang, have met the eligibility requirements set by the Democratic National Committee.

Upcoming Democratic Party primaries and caucuses are: Iowa caucuses – Monday, February 3; New Hampshire primary – Tuesday, February 11; Saturday, February 22 – Nevada caucuses; and Saturday, February 29 – South Carolina primary. Then comes “Super Tuesday” on March 3 with primaries in Texas, California and fourteen other states.

The active Democratic contenders are, in alphabetical order:
Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City
Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii
Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota
Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
Tom Steyer, former hedge fund executive
Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts

A total of nineteen candidates have dropped out, withdrawn or suspended their campaigns to date. They are, in chronological order:
Decal Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, February 12, 2020
Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado, February 11,2020
Andrew Yang, tech company executive, February 11, 2020
John Delaney, former Congressman from Maryland, January 31, 2020
Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey, January 13, 2020
Marianne Williamson, author, January 10, 2020
Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, January 2, 2020
Kamala Harris, Senator from California, December 3, 2019
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, December 2, 2019
Joe Sestak, former Congressman from Pennsylvania, December 1, 2019
Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar, Florida, November 20, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from Texas, November 1, 2019
Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio; October 24, 2019
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; September 20, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator from New York; August 28, 2019
Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts; August 23, 2019
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State; August 21, 2019
John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado; August 15, 2019
Eric Swalwell, Congressman from California; July 8, 2019

The requirements to participate in the upcoming New Hampshire debate were released in mid-January by the Democratic National Committee.

The number of Democratic presidential candidates continues to shrink with the withdrawal of three in December, four in January and three in February. There were two dozen plus contenders in July, 2019. The current cast is down to eight.

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Democratic Presidential Debate Update

The number of Democratic presidential candidates remains in flux. Back in July there were two dozen plus contenders. In a fourteen day period – November 14 to December 3 – four individuals withdrew from the race. Two, however, joined the race: former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on November 14 followed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on November 24. The current cast is down to fifteen.

Note: On January 2, Julián Castro suspended his campaign and Marianne Williamson laid off her entire campaign staff while remaining in the race. The cast of participants thins.

The sixth Democratic debate is scheduled for Thursday, December 19 to be held in Los Angeles. It will be sponsored by PBS NewsHour and POLITICO.

The active Democratic contenders are (in alphabetical order):
Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado
Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City
Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
John Delaney, former Congressman from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii
Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota
Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts
Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
Tom Steyer, former hedge fund executive
Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts
Marianne Williamson, author
Andrew Yang, tech company executive

There are thirteen candidates who have withdrawn or suspended their campaign. They are:
Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, suspended January 2, 2020
Kamala Harris, Senator from California, withdrew December 3, 2019
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, withdrew December 2, 2019
Joe Sestak, former Congressman from Pennsylvania, withdrew December 1, 2019
Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar, Florida, withdrew November 20, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from Texas, withdrew November 1, 2019
Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio; withdrew October 24, 2019
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; withdrew September 20, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator from New York; withdrew August 28, 2019
Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts; withdrew August 23, 2019
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State; withdrew August 21, 2019
John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado; withdrew August 15, 2019
Eric Swalwell, Congressman from California; withdrew July 8, 2019

POLITICO reports six candidates have already qualified, as of December 3, for the December 19th debate. They are: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer and Warren. Candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang may still qualify as they have already matched the donor threshold requirement. The official list of candidates who will appear on stage in Los Angeles will be announced by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after the December 12 qualification deadline.

The requirements to participate in the December debate were released in October by the DNC.

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Updated January 3, 2020

More Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic Presidential debate series continue but with a smaller cast of candidates. Back in July there were twenty-four Democratic presidential candidates. The crowd has slimmed down so perhaps it is appropriate to refresh the list of who is in and who is out. Listed below are the candidates who qualified for the October 15th debate. These debates are conducted using criteria adopted by the Democratic National Committee. The qualification criteria for the upcoming November 20th debate was recently announced.

The current Democratic contenders are (in alphabetical order):
Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii
Kamala Harris, Senator from California
Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota
Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
Tom Steyer, former hedge fund executive
Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts
Andrew Yang, tech company executive

According to an October 24 story in Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com three, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro and Tulsi Gabbard, have yet to qualify for the November debate. (Beto withdrew November 1.)

The contenders who did not meet the requirements for the October debate were:
Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
John Delaney, former Congressman from Maryland
Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar, Florida
Joe Sestak, former Congressman from Pennsylvania
Marianne Williamson, author

The candidates who have withdrawn are:
Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from Texas, withdrew November 1, 2019
Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio; withdrew October 24, 2019
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; withdrew September 20, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator from New York; withdrew August 28, 2019
Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts; withdrew August 23, 2019
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State; withdrew August 21, 2019
John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado; withdrew August 15, 2019
Eric Swalwell, Congressman from California; withdrew July 8, 2019

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Democratic Presidential Debates

Did you watch the Democratic presidential candidates debate last night on CNN? If not, you have the opportunity to watch night #2 starting at 8pm ET live.

Some say it is way too early to be thinking about the 2020 election. The mantra among my friends is “one election cycle at a time.” However, it takes time to learn about all the candidates so we might as well start the process now. True, there are so many presidential candidates in the field, 24 at this moment. (Due to Democratic National Committee rules only 20 have met the requirements for debates #1 and #2.)

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The current Democratic contenders are (in alphabetical order):Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado; Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States; Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey; Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana; Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development; Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; John Delaney, former Congressman from Maryland; Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii; Kamala Harris, Senator from California; John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado; Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State; Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota; Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar, Florida; Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts; Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from Texas; Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio; Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont; Joe Sestak, former Congressman from Pennsylvania; Tom Steyer, former hedge fund executive; Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts; Marianne Williamson, author; Andrew Yang, tech company executive. Eric Swalwell, Congressman from California, withdrew July 8th.

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