Who will rescue the flaxen haired maiden from New York?
If you’ve been paying any attention to the growing field of
democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, you will have noticed
that the first two debates can only host twenty candidates.
The field is currently at twenty-four. In order to keep some people off the stage,
the DNC has set two criteria for debate inclusion.
1: Must poll at 1% in three official polls.
2: Must reach an individual donor threshold.
I’ll get into who has met what criteria later, but right
now, Politico is reporting that the Booker Campaign feels the need to rescue Kirsten
Gillibrand from the clutches of debate absence.
Maybe they’ll make her sit at the kids’ table debate.
Sen. Cory Booker’s deputy presidential campaign manager announced on Twitter Wednesday night that she donated to the campaign of rival 2020 candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, urging others to do the same to ensure that Gillibrand qualifies for next month’s Democratic primary debate.
“I just donated to ensure @SenGillibrand’s important perspective is on the debate stage. Join me!” Jenna Lowenstein, Booker’s deputy campaign manager, wrote on Twitter.
Gillibrand’s campaign manager wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, “it is not a given that abortion will come up at the 2020 primary debates. It is not a given that every candidate will defend reproductive rights as fiercely as @SenGillibrand. We need her on that stage. If you agree, make sure her spot is guaranteed,” she continued, soliciting donations to the senator’s presidential campaign.
Discount Hillary Clinton and her team think that her
perspective is SO important to the vigor of the democratic debate. Somehow, they’ve convinced Spartacus that
abortion rights will not be represented unless Gillibrand is on that debate
I guess the twelve others who have already met both debate
criteria have different views on abortion?
As an aside, I think it’s interesting that the democratic
party has so few diverging opinions. The
GOP field in 2016 was ideologically diverse.
From Trump and Cruz, to Paul, and to Bush, Kasich, and Christie. There were legitimate differences, not like
the democratic party. Do you want abortion-on-demand five seconds into your
presidency or are you willing to wait a whole minute?
So back to who is heading to the debate stage.
The following information is from FiveThirtyEight
candidates are in line to make the primary debates?
Democratic presidential candidates
by whether and how they have qualified for the first two primary debates, as of
May 9, 2019
|Qualifies for debates via…. |
| Candidate|| polls|| donors|| both|
| Joe Biden|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Cory Booker|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Pete Buttigieg|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Julian Castro|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Tulsi Gabbard|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Kamala Harris|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Amy Klobuchar|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Beto O’Rourke|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Bernie Sanders|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Elizabeth Warren|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| Andrew Yang|| ✓|| ✓|| ✓|
| John Delaney|| ✓|
| Kirsten Gillibrand|| ✓|
| John Hickenlooper|| ✓|
| Jay Inslee|| ✓|
| Tim Ryan|| ✓|
| Eric Swalwell|| ✓|
| Marianne Williamson|| ✓|
| Michael Bennet|
| Seth Moulton|
For candidates deemed “major” by
To qualify via polling, a candidate
must reach 1 percent in at least three national or early-state polls from
qualifying polling organizations. To qualify via donors, a candidate must have
at least 65,000 unique donors with at least 200 donors in at least 20 states.
Information released by campaigns is used to determine whether a candidate has
hit the donor threshold. If a campaign reached 65,000 donors but did not say
whether it had at least 200 donors in 20 states, we assumed that it had met the
latter requirement as well. Candidates will have to prove to the DNC that they
have met the donor requirements.
Sources: Polls, Media reports
Gillibrand is already eligible based on polling. But 1% is petty cash. Anyone whose name is discussed on a news program is likely to bounce up to 1% based on name recognition alone. Many democrats aren’t even sure who to vote for right now.
Since the first debate is next month. I don’t think Gillibrand has anything to worry about. Her fundraising just sucks. Which may explain her desire to have federally subsidized campaigns.
In any event, I find it utterly patronizing that Booker thinks that Gillibrand needs a man’s help.