Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate

Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors Moulton: Trump voters 'know that he's an a--hole' 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president MORE (D-Mass.) confirmed Thursday that he will miss the first Democratic presidential debate in June, citing his late entrance into the race. 

"I knew that getting in the race so late there was a strong chance I’d miss the first debate—and yes, I will. But fear not! I’m not losing any sleep over it, and neither should you," Moulton said in an email to supporters. 

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"This race is a marathon, not a sprint. At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was leading in the Republican primary. Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSenior Trump administration official to leave post next week Harris, Ocasio-Cortez pitch bill to increase housing assistance for individuals with criminal record On The Money: House Democrats sue Treasury for Trump tax returns | Trump announces Fed board nominees | Dems press Carson over HUD hire who authored controversial posts on race | Consumer groups look to block Facebook cryptocurrency MORE was in second. And Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE hadn’t even announced his candidacy yet," he continued. 

The Massachusetts congressman announced his candidacy in April, and has yet to register in any national polls. 

Moulton's announcement comes one day after the Wednesday deadline to qualify for the June 26 and 27 debates in Miami, where only 20 candidates will get a spot on the stage. 

Ten candidates are slated to appear onstage each night. 

The televised event will give candidates a chance to stand out from the crowded pack, which has been largely led by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Biden pitches new subsidies, public option in health care plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE