Candidates who have debated September
Beto O & # 39; Rourke
Only 10 Democrats will be on stage during next month's debate in Houston, but the contenders who have been beaten – and some whose candidates are on the border – have already expressed concern about the October event and the next one round.
The September debate will last only one night, with top candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders on stage together for the first time with Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O & # 39; Rourke , Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang.
But the October debate could return to a two-night event because the candidates who cut the September look forward to the next phase.
Marianne Williamson is already urging supporters to help her have the fourth debate – the time, date and location of which have not been announced.
& # 39; Although I did not pass the 4 polls by 2%, which would have put me in the 3rd DNC debate, I have until October to hold the 4th. Please donate now to help us build the campaign and increase our awareness, & tweet Marianne Williamson to her supporters on Wednesday.
For the September and October debate, candidates need 130,000 donors plus 2 percent in four predetermined polls. The deadline for the September debate was Wednesday, and half of the candidates on the podium during the first two meetings in Miami and Detroit did not make it.
But there is still time to make the October debate.
Williamson must reach 2 percent in three more polls to do this.
Marianne Williamson needs 2 percent in three more polls to conduct the October debate
Tom Steyer needs 2 percent in another poll to make the October debate
Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer was just one survey that failed to hold the September debate, giving him a big chance to make October.
Steyer spent millions on Facebook ads and TV ads in the early voting states to try to make the debate in September. It must still appear in every debate.
But his $ 16 million investment was not enough to realize the reduction.
& # 39; Although I am disappointed that I will not be at the Houston debate stage this month, I am excited about all the support you have shown us, & he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. & # 39; We have started this campaign to remove the influence of companies from politics, and I will not stop fighting until the government rejoins the people. & # 39;
Kirsten Gillibrand used a similar strategy – spending a lot of money on ads trying to translate those dollars into donors and survey numbers – but failed to gather enough support in both categories to make it to the September stage.
She quit the presidential race on Wednesday evening after it was clear that she would not be in the debate.
Her campaign admitted that it put everything at stake to conduct the debate.
& # 39; In the third quarter, the campaign increased spending and invested heavily in television in Iowa and New Hampshire, digital advertising, and added nearly 30 field workers to build a strong voter contact program & # 39 ;, said her campaign leader Jess Fassler in a memo about the race.
Gillibrand bought more than $ 1 million dollars in those two states prior to the debates – only to see that polls were not being held in time to be eligible for next month's debate.
Tulsi Gabbard was just two polls shortly before qualification and called on the Democratic National Committee to show more transparency in the qualification process.
& # 39; Many different polls have been released. The DNC has recognized only a few of them as qualifying polls for the debate, ”she said on Fox News on Wednesday.
& # 39; The whole thing becomes a little confusing. And you have to jump all the way down in the weeds of numbers and statistics. But I think the bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency, & she added.
& # 39; And when you see that lack of transparency, there is a lack of trust and confidence in the process. & # 39;
Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race after not having made the September debate
Tulsi Gabbard was just two polls shortly before qualification and called on the Democratic National Committee to show more transparency in the qualification process
Neither Tim Ryan (left) nor John Delaney (right) came close to the September debate, but made it clear that they were not leaving the presidential race
Tim Ryan, who was not in either donor or studied to make the September phase of the debate, argued that a campaign could survive without the national fame that gives a debate.
& # 39; I think all these rules are out of the window right now. I think we have social media. You have viral moments. Like I said, we work it on the ground. People are looking for a place to go & # 39 ;, he said on Thursday morning at & # 39; Morning Joe & # 39; from MSNBC.
Both Ryan and John Delaney – who despite the first two also failed to make the debate in September – made it clear that their candidatures will continue.
& # 39; Although I am disappointed that I did not qualify for the third debate, I remain committed to the campaign for a simple reason: someone must consistently tell the truth and tell a better story about the future we share together Share, & Delaney said Thursday in a statement.
But some candidates who have reached the September stage – which guarantees them a place in the October debate – express concern about the next round of debates on the horizon, where qualifications are expected to become more difficult.
& # 39; 65,000 donors had to be qualified in the first debate. The second round required 130,000 donors. If they follow the same pattern, it is very likely that the next 260,000 will need it, & # 39; emailed Beto O & # 39; Rourke Tuesday supporters.
& # 39; That means we may need another 60,000 donors to take the stage for future debates. We don't want to leave anything on the table, & he added and encouraged people to donate to his struggling campaign.
O & # 39; Rourke & # 39; s campaign – which started with a bang – went to a whimper because his donations and polls have dropped.
Julian Castro also made the September debate, but would probably be in a similar position for the next round.
Klobuchar, Booker and Yang can also be question marks as the primary process continues.
But what could change that is a viral moment when their candidatures could start.
And the debates offer a good opportunity for that to happen. Harris saw her polls and donations rise after she challenged Biden in the first debate about his position on a school bus program from the 1970s, arguing that there was a little girl who benefited from it & # 39; and that girl was I & # 39; .
Various democratic participants are already looking forward to the following debates
Half of the democratic field – including several candidates who were on stage during the July debate in Detroit – did not make the September debate
The September debate will be a match that is still unseen: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren compete
Before the September meeting phase was completed, the Williamson campaign complained about the process the Democratic National Committee used to determine who made the cut.
The DNC – before the first primary debate in June – outlined the methodological surveys that were needed to be included in the qualifications.
There were 17 polls that met this.
The Williamson campaign complained that not all 17 approved outlets were conducting polls for the third debate during the qualifying period, which harmed her chances.
& # 39; If the DNC had followed the process they had announced in February and had kept to the promised 17 qualifying polls, the preparation of the upcoming third debate could be very different & # 39 ;, said Williamson communications director Patricia Ewing Wednesday in a statement.
Williamson told me ABC news her campaign will not be delayed on Tuesday if she is not in the debate.
& # 39; This love train is running smoothly & she said.
The Gabbard campaign also complained about the lack of qualifying polls for the third debate.
& # 39; In particular, only four qualifying opinion polls were issued after the second Democratic primary debate, compared to fourteen qualifying opinion polls released in the month following the first Democratic primary debate, & # 39; said her campaign in a statement last week.
Craig Hughes, an adviser to the Michael Bennet campaign, wrote to DNC Chairman Tom Perez on Wednesday to ask him to clarify the process on how qualifications were determined and what they would be for the remaining debates.
& # 39; To date, the DNC has not provided any information on how or why its unprecedented debate qualification requirements have been set, nor what the criteria will be for the eight future debates, "he wrote.
Other contenders who did not come close to the September phase were Steve Bullock and Bill de Blasio.
& # 39; There is another bite in the apple in October & # 39 ;, de Blasio said Tuesday at MSNBC.
Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard have complained about the lack of qualifying polls for the third debate
The next debate is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at Texas Southern University, a historically black public university in Houston. ABC is the host network with moderation by George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos.
Biden said during a campaign event in South Carolina on Wednesday that he is looking forward to a smaller debate.
& # 39; I'm looking forward to going to the place – assuming I'm still there – that it's a smaller number of people, so we can have more discussion instead of one-minute claims, & # 39 ; he said.
He also played his first direct encounter with Warren.
& # 39; I'll just be myself. And she will be her. Let people judge. I have a lot of respect for her, & he said.
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