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Politics Booker says he will not make December debate stage

20:56  12 december  2019
20:56  12 december  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Booker campaign rakes in $1 million after Harris exits 2020 race

  Booker campaign rakes in $1 million after Harris exits 2020 race In just a few days, Sen. Cory Booker's presidential campaign raised more than $1 million dollars after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) left the Democratic primary contest and amid the New Jersey Democrat's calls for more diversity in the race. Booker's campaign received the cash between Tuesday, the day Harris suspended her campaign, and Friday, CNN reported Saturday, citing the Booker campaign. In just a few days, Sen. Cory Booker's presidential campaign raised more than $1 million dollars after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) left the Democratic primary contest and amid the New Jersey Democrat's calls for more diversity in the race.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Thursday he is unlikely to qualify for the sixth Democratic presidential debate later this month, but insisted he still has a path to victory in the nominating contest despite lackluster fundraising and waning poll numbers.

Cory Booker wearing a suit and tie: Booker says he will not make December debate stage© Greg Nash Booker says he will not make December debate stage

"Today is the deadline for the DNC's December debate qualifying threshold - and while I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there's a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there," Booker tweeted.

Democratic presidential candidates have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to meet the qualifying criteria for the Dec. 19 debate. So far, seven candidates are expected to be on stage: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former tech executive Andrew Yang and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised the qualifying criteria for the sixth debate. Candidates have to amass support from at least 200,000 unique donors and register 4 percent support in four approved polls or 6 percent in two approved polls in early primary and caucus states.

Several Democratic candidates call on the DNC to revise its debate rules

  Several Democratic candidates call on the DNC to revise its debate rules “Many of the candidates excluded are the ones who have helped make this year’s primary field historically diverse,” the candidates wrote. “Frankly, that unintended result does not live up to the values of our Democratic Party and it does not serve the best interest of Democratic voters.” The letter was signed by all seven Democrats who qualified for next week’s debate in Los Angeles: former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, investor Tom Steyer and businessman Andrew Yang.

While Booker has met the DNC's donor threshold for the December debate, he's nowhere close to meeting the polling requirement. He hasn't registered 4 percent in a committee-approved poll in months.

Booker's failure to qualify for the debate stage next week will mark the first time he will not appear at one of this year's DNC-sanctioned debates. Instead of traveling to Los Angeles, where the debate is set to take place, Booker said he will embark on a tour of Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

"I'll be doing what we've done for the last ten months of this campaign and throughout my time in public service - meeting people where they are, in living rooms and church basements, at coffee shops and in diners, and discussing how to tackle the most pressing challenges we face," Booker tweeted.

DNC under fire for tightening debate criteria again, despite Booker appeal .
The Democratic National Committee is raising the bar when it comes to qualifying for next month’s presidential nomination debate.The DNC on Friday announced even higher thresholds for the Jan.14 debate, which will be held at Drake University in Des Moines in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

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