Democratic Debate Lineup Announced

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Democratic Debate Lineup Announced
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Democratic Debate Lineup Announced
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The next Democratic debate will feature just ten candidates, compared to the twenty that appeared at both the previous debates. Multiple candidates, including Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson, did not qualify to appear this time around. The event will be held by ABC News in Houston on September 12.

The ABC debate will be the first time Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have shared the stage. The event was originally scheduled to take place across two separate evenings, like the previous two debates, if more than ten candidates qualified. Instead, the three-hour-long debate will be held on a single night.

The exact lineup of the third debate will be: former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Democratic hopefuls had until midnight on Wednesday, August 28, to qualify for the debate. The requirements, established by the DNC and ABC, mandated candidates to have received a minimum of 130,000 individual donations and at least two percent support in four qualifying polls.

Some criticized the DNC for their selection of polling. Although Marianne Williamson and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard achieved the required donor threshold, they were excluded from the debate for their performance in the DNC’s qualified polls. Williamson was the most Googled candidate during the previous debate’s first night, while Gabbard earned the same honor the next evening.

Gabbard spoke out about the DNC’s decision Wednesday night, accusing the organization of a lack of transparency. “I think the bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency,” Gabbard told Fox News on Wednesday. “People deserve having that transparency because ultimately it’s the people who will decide who our Democratic nominee will be.”

Biden, on the other hand, welcomed the DNC’s decision to limit the number of candidates on the stage. “I’m looking forward to getting to the place — assuming I’m still around — that it gets down to a smaller number of people so we can have more of a discussion instead of one-minute assertions,” he told reporters at a recent campaign event in South Carolina.

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