Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement

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 BidenBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution Biden lays out immigration priorities, rips Trump for 'assault on dignity' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.) face off with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGroup of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 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."

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.), who has recently been polling in third place, was notably scheduled for the first night, along with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown As the wealthy flee New York, poorest will be most affected Sanders: Biden 'owes the country an apology' on 'civility' remarks MORE, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Will we ever have another veteran as president? Bernie Sanders open to decriminalizing sex work MORE (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Americans deserve better coverage of carbon finance MORE, former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Young activists press for change in 2020 election MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Democrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law MORE (D-Ohio) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharJuan Williams: Warren on the rise Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Minn.).

Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Colo.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandJuan Williams: Warren on the rise 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to debate on the second night, along with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Young activists press for change in 2020 election Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE, best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights 2020 Democrat Marianne Williamson says she misspoke in calling vaccine mandates 'draconian' MORE and former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Nonprofit praises Andrew Yang's local news fellowship initiative 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. 

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 night’s 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 we’re 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, we’ll close the books on our campaign’s 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 we’re ready to take the fight to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE,” she continued.

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

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

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.

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.