The lineup for CNN’s two nights of Democratic Party presidential debates later this month is out, and it’s potentially good news for U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
She will be on stage the same night as Kamala Harris and Joe Biden: July 31 in Detroit.
That’s good for Gabbard because it will likely be the most watched of the two debates, given the frontrunner status of Biden, the former vice president, and the growing popularity of Harris, the U.S. senator from California.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
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The Democratic National Committee event will also feature Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, businessman Andrew Yang, former U.S. Rep. Julián Castro of Texas, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
CNN’s first night — July 30 — will star Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, former U.S. Rep John Delaney of Maryland, former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio and author and speaker Marianne Williamson.
By wide acclaim, Harris performed the best in the first round of debates last month.
The second round comes as Biden, Harris, Warren, Sanders and Buttigieg are pulling away from the pack in terms of poll numbers and campaign donations.
“Just six of the race’s 24 candidates have qualified for the September debate,” The New York Times reported. “The rest are hoping for a breakout moment in the July debates, or elsewhere, to power a grass-roots fund-raising boom and new support in polls.”
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla.; Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund investor, and former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania failed to qualify for the July debates.
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