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Klobuchar to appear on first night of Miami debate, alongside Warren, Booker, others

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar will debate on June 26, the first night of Democratic debates.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is set to take the stage on the first night of Democratic debates — but not with Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Kamala Harris.

Instead, the two night event will split the candidates into two groups on June 26 and 27, randomly determined by the Democratic National Committee. The schedule for night one, according to the New York Times, is as follows:

  • Cory Booker, New Jersey senator
  • Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Bill de Blasio, New York mayor
  • John Delaney, former U.S. representative from Maryland
  • Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. representative from Hawaii
  • Jay Inslee, Washington governor
  • Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator
  • Beto O’Rourke, former U.S. representative from Texas
  • Tim Ryan, U.S. representative from Ohio
  • Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator

The two-night event is being hosted on by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, and will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Diaz-Balart will moderate the debates.


Both debates will air live and be streamed on the network’s digital services, including NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m EST.

The second night will feature:

  • Michael Bennet, Colorado senator
  • Joe Biden, former vice president
  • Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, New York senator
  • Kamala Harris, California senator
  • John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
  • Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator
  • Eric Swalwell, California U.S. representative
  • Marianne Williamson, self-help author
  • Andrew Yang, former tech executive


Three candidates who have received attention on the trail did not make it to the first debate stage: Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton; and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam. Candidates could qualify for the debate in two ways: either by earning at least 1 percent support in three DNC-approved polls or having at least 65,000 unique donors, with a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 06/15/2019 - 11:50 am.

    Amy…..Concentrate on your Senatorial responsibilities. You have been effective in that position.

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 06/16/2019 - 11:56 am.

    Sen. Klobs, concentrate on being a senator, you’ve got a long way to go to get that one nailed down. Like, you could stop voting for corporate negotiated free trade agreements.

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