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Kirsten Gillibrand: Damsel in Debate Distress

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.

Politico says,

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 stage.

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

Which 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 FiveThirtyEight.
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.


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