Bennet And Hickenlooper Won’t Share The Stage For Next Dem Debate

July 19, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidates raise their hands when asked if they would provide health care for undocumented immigrants, during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former Gov. John Hickenlooper will be on stage on separate nights of the next round of Democratic presidential debates.

The debates among the 20 candidates are July 30 and 31 in Detroit. They will be broadcast on CNN.

Hickenlooper will be on stage the first night with top contenders Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Joining them will be several moderates including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. Also on stage that night are Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and author Marianne Williamson.

For the second night, Bennet will stand alongside front-runners former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris. Bennet will be one of the few centrist candidates among the ten taking the stage that night. Others include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Obama Cabinet member Julián Castro; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Neither Bennet nor Hickenlooper has qualified for the next set of debates in September.

The Democratic National Committee has doubled the polling and fundraising requirements to make the stage in the next round of debates, scheduled for September in Houston and in October in a yet to be announced city.

In order to qualify for that debate, officials say candidates will have to hit 2 percent support in four polls that are approved by the Democratic National Committee and have 130,000 unique donors. They must also have at least 400 donors in each of at least 20 states.

As it stands, many of the 20 candidates on stage in Detroit would not qualify for the Houston debates.

FiveThirtyEight reports that both Bennet and Hickenlooper qualified for the July debates via polling only and that neither met the unique donor threshold.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.