DNC Invites 20 Candidates to First Debate

By Christine Zosche 

The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the 20 candidates who qualified for the first presidential primary debate at the end of June. (Politico)

The candidates are: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Andrew Yang, and Marianne Williamson. (Bloomberg)

To qualify for the first debate, candidates had to fulfill one of two criteria: either get 65,000 donors to their campaigns, with at least 200 donors in 20 different states, or obtain at least 1 percent in three polls recognized as legitimate by the committee. (CBS News)

Those who did not meet the threshold for the first debate include: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel; Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne Messam; and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. (NBC News)