DNC announces lineup for next 2020 debate -- De Blasio made the cut

David Caplan
July 17, 2019 - 5:49 pm

Democratic presidential candidate former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, third from left, answers a question, during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday the line-up for the second round of Democratic presidential candidate debates -- and Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the cut.

"We're in a battle for the heart and soul of our party and our country, and nominating a candidate who represents the status quo will hand re-election to Donald Trump," de Blasio said in a statement. "There are plenty of candidates in this race who have offered glowing promises, but I'm the only candidate with the record of delivering on what others have only promised: universal pre-k, paid time off, and an expansion of health care. I'm looking forward to making this argument again at the coming debate."

Author Marianne Williamson also made the cut, which may surprise some, given some of her eye-raising comments at the last debate. 

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand made the cut, as did New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. 

The debate will be held over two nights in Detroit on July 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who did not participate in the last round of debates, will take part in the second round -- he will replace Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, did not qualify again, to participate in the debates. 

Billionaire investor Tom Steyer and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak, newcomers to the race, also failed to qualify for the second round of debates.

Here's a list of who made the cut:

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang.