Zero Percent Swalwell, de Blasio, Make Debate Stage with Big Name Dems

The Democratic National Committee Thursday announced the 20 presidential candidates who qualified for the party’s first primary debate, which will be held on June 26 and 27.

Many of the lesser-known, poorly polling candidates like Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) managed to make the debate, which requires either 65,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 200 donors from 20 different states, or one percent in the polls. Joining Swalwell in the long shot category are Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, author Marianne Williamson, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Other candidates invited to the event include:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Former Texas State Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke
  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam, and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts did not make the cut.

Gravel assured his supporters on Twitter that he is on track to make the next debate in July.

“State of the : folks, due to weeks of pollsters not including us, we won’t be on stage for the June debate. However, with 48,000 donors and rising, and with Mike now included on every poll in the past few weeks, with your support we are on track for the July debate,” he said.

NBC and Telemundo will host the debate in Miami.

“Ten candidates at a time will appear on stage, but the lineup for each night has not been determined, nor has where the candidates will stand. Both nights will have the same format, NBC News previously announced. It is the first of 12 primary debates the DNC has planned.”


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