Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement

 thehill.com  06/14/2019 18:13:04  2

Democratic presidential candidates reacted on Friday to their placement in the upcoming presidential primary debates, with most expressing eagerness ahead of the televised events later this month.

NBC News announced the placements�for the two back-to-back debates, which�are set to see front-runners former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPuerto Rico gov tells lawmakers to shelve 'religious liberty' bill after Ricky Martin criticism Puerto Rico gov tells lawmakers to shelve 'religious liberty' bill after Ricky Martin criticism Sanders says he would inform FBI about offers of foreign intel MORE (I-Vt.)�face off with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisButtigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' Buttigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' Overnight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' Buttigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' Court-packing advocate rips Buttigieg's plan to expand Supreme Court MORE�on the second night.

Sanders's campaign called it "a terrific lineup" and a chance to debate issues that matter to the presidential candidate, including "Medicare for All."

This is a terrific lineup because there will be a real debate over the key set of choices in this Democratic primary, said Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir in an emailed statement.

"This debate will also provide Senator Sanders the opportunity to highlight his leadership on a host of important issues, including Medicare For All, opposition to the Iraq war, votes against horrific trade agreements, and record of boldly taking on the fossil fuel industry and corporate greed," Shakir added. "We look forward to hearing other candidates outline their visions for the country and plans to fully guarantee all people the right to health care, housing, education, a clean environment, and the freedom of basic economic rights."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPuerto Rico gov tells lawmakers to shelve 'religious liberty' bill after Ricky Martin criticism Puerto Rico gov tells lawmakers to shelve 'religious liberty' bill after Ricky Martin criticism Buttigieg doubles down on scrapping Electoral College: 'It's undemocratic' MORE (D-Mass.), who has recently been polling in third place, was notably�scheduled for the first night, along with�former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Cory Booker hints at a proposal with girlfriend Rosario Dawson Cory Booker hints at a proposal with girlfriend Rosario Dawson MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli�n Castro, New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate 2020 Democrats mark three years since Pulse nightclub shooting MORE, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Democratic debate deadline: What we know and don't know MORE (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Hickenlooper rolls out climate plan MORE, former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Delaney: Trump's remarks on accepting intel from foreign entity show he's not 'one-quarter of the man' McCain was MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Democratic debate deadline: What we know and don't know MORE (D-Ohio) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE (D-Minn.).

Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One DNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate MORE (D-Colo.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One DNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to debate on the second night, along with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Swalwell tweets about Trump more than any other 2020 candidate: analysis MORE (D-Calif.), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Hickenlooper rolls out climate plan MORE, best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Democratic debate deadline: What we know and don't know MORE and former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate Democratic debate deadline: What we know and don't know MORE.

Despite being deprived of a chance to hit Biden and Sanders on the debate stage, Warren tweeted that she was looking forward to further sharing her policy proposals.�

Im looking forward to the first debate of the Democratic presidential primary on Wednesday, June 26 on @NBCNews and having an opportunity to discuss my plans for big, structural change in this country. Lets dream big, fight hard, and win!

 Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 14, 2019

Delaney, who has struggled to gain traction in the polls, released a statement saying he looks forward to sharing the stage with Warren.

I am also pleased to be sharing the debate stage with many strong candidates, particularly Senator Warren who, like me, is talking about new ideas, Delaney said. I look forward to a debate on issues and solutions, not personality and politics."

Booker responded to his placement on the first nights stage with a fundraising email to supporters, saying the debate will present an opportunity for all of the candidates to stand out.

This debate will be a make or break moment for a lot of campaigns, including ours, and were confident that Cory will shine through. But we need your help," Booker wrote.

Harris acknowledged her future debate partners in a fundraising email of her own.

On June 27, 2019, I will share the national stage with candidates like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg for the first debate of this Democratic presidential primary in Miami, Florida, Harris wrote.

Just a few days later, well close the books on our campaigns second quarter of fundraising. We need to demonstrate to our opponents and to the American people that our grassroots movement is in a strong position to win  and were ready to take the fight to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew York activists go on hunger strike to advocate for ending solitary confinement Sanders says he would inform FBI about offers of foreign intel Sanders says he would inform FBI about offers of foreign intel MORE, she continued.

Gillibrand gave her supporters the chance to host a watch party on June 27, tweeting a link to sign up.

See you at the debate on June 27.

Sign up to host a watch party: https://t.co/543idGlfcm pic.twitter.com/wS4xSSO6w7

 Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 14, 2019

ORourke also shared his excitement on Twitter, adding that it will give him a chance to further share his platform.

Really looking forward to the first democratic debate on Wednesday the 26th. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory but we have a big, bold, ambitious, forward-looking vision to share that will bring this country together to overcome every single one of them.

 Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDNC announces lineup for first debate DNC announces lineup for first debate YouGov poll finds Biden with 50 percent of black vote MORE (@BetoORourke) June 14, 2019

Hickenlooper praised his debate stage partners, but warned against socialism, which could be perceived as a dig at Sanders, who will appear onstage with him.

Excited to be on stage with these leaders. We may disagree at times, but we all agree that defeating Trump and boldly addressing the challenges facing American families is essential.

Socialism is not how we will achieve a progressive future. And I look forward to that debate. https://t.co/JQd9hvy9rk

 John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) June 14, 2019

However, not every Democrat�seeking the nomination�made the lineup for the first debates.

Montana Gov.�Steve Bullock's�(D) campaign released an ad with a Montanan named Jock, who calls Bullock's future absence on the debate stage "horseshit."

"You don't need to be from Montana to know that anybody who wins by four in the same election that Trump won by 20 is doing something right here,"�he said, referring to Bullock's ability to win election in a red state. "He doesn't qualify. Really?"�

-- Updated at 3:34 p.m.

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