Just when you think the 2020 Democratic presidential race couldn’t get more bizarre, CNN has added to the fray with a seven hour town hall addressing climate change featuring ten of the candidates on September 4. Just in case you want to set your DVR, here’s how the event will break down.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at 5 p.m. ET
Businessman Andrew Yang, who will also be interviewed by Blitzer, will come on at 5:40 p.m.
California Sen. Kamala Harris will be interviewed by CNN’s Erin Burnett at 6:20 p.m.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will also be interviewed by Burnett, will appear at 7 p.m.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will also be interviewed by Cooper, will be on at 8:40 p.m.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo at 9:20 p.m.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who will also be interviewed by Cuomo at 10 p.m.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke will appear with CNN’s Don Lemon at 10:40 p.m.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will also be interviewed by Lemon and will come on at 11:20 p.m.
According to CNN’s own polling from April, 96% of Democrats favor drastic action on climate change, and apparently some of that action includes lectures from the Democratic presidential field.
Look, even if you were the most ardent of climate alarmists, I can’t imagine that watching this thing would be worth CNN taking a whole evening’s worth of programming on multiple networks.
The town halls will air exclusively on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV, SiriusXM Channels 116, 454, 795 and the Westwood One Radio Network.
CNN previously announced that the town hall audience will be drawn from Democratic and independent voters and stakeholders interested in the issue and no public tickets will be available.
Naturally it’s a handpicked audience that probably won’t dare include somebody who might push back on the draconian ideas this bunch of candidates are sure to put forth.
I can’t help but wonder how much of the change in climate is the result of hot air from Democratic politicians and other alarmists haranguing us on how much more government control we need. I sure won’t be watching, and I can’t imagine that too many others will either.