DNC Announces Details for Third Debate Amid Criticism from Candidates

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., from left, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The 10 Democrat Party presidential primary candidates who will be participating in the third presidential primary debate on September 12 were announced today along with the debate format.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Corey Booker (D-NJ),  Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, former Vice President Joe Biden, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, failed U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and former Obama administration housing czar Julian Castro will all take the stage at Texas Southern University, a historically black university in Houston.

The remaining 10 candidates, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did not meet the established requirements of receiving at least two percent support in four polls taken by any of the 16 Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved polling organizations in Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina and New Hampshire and 130,000 unique donations with at least 400 from donors in 20 approved states.

ABC news luminaries George Stephanopolous, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos will moderate the debate which will run from 8:00pm to 11:00pm ET. Candidates will have the opportunity to provide opening statements and will have one minute and 45 seconds to answer questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals.

Earlier this week in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Gabbard criticized the DNC criteria necessary to earn a position on the debate stage as “lacking transparency.” Gabbard also complained that the DNC should recognize more than the 16 polls saying that “they have a responsibility to facilitate more conversations between future leaders of this country, not less.”

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