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
#Gravelanche: 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.
State of the #Gravelanche: 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.
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) June 13, 2019
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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“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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