The lineups for the Miami Democratic presidential debates June 26 and 27 have been released, and the only candidate hailing from Florida – Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam – is among four candidates who failed to qualify.
Because there are so many candidates, the debates are divided into two nights from 9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. They will be broadcast on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. The field of 20 candidates includes six women – the most in U.S. history.
The lineup for Wednesday night’s debate is: Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, former Texas U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke, former Maryland U.S. Rep John Delaney, former Housing and Urban Development secretary Juliana Castro, Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Thursday night’s lineup is: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and author Marianne Williamson.
The Democratic National Committee established rules earlier this year for the first debates. Candidates had to be polling at one percent or more in three different polls in the four early primary and caucus states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Or they had to show widespread grassroots support by receiving campaign contributions from at least 65,000 people, with at least 200 donors coming from 20 different states.
To decide which candidates debated which night, the Democratic National Committee drew the names by lottery.
In addition to Messam, three other Democrats did not qualify for the Miami debates. They are Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and former Alaska U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel.
“I’m still encouraged and I still have an opportunity to qualify for the July debates and full steam ahead,” Messam told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this weekend.
Following Miami, the next Democratic presidential debates will take place at the end of July in Detroit.