Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates

Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates

After failing to qualify for the first Democratic presidential debates next week, Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockGabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Partisan divisions sharpen as independent voters fade Jeff Bridges calls for donations to get his 'good buddy' Bullock 'up on that debate stage' MORE says he will spend those days participating in local town halls, Politico reported Tuesday.

On June 26, Bullock will travel to Iowa and appear on WHO-TV; the next day he’ll be in New Hampshire for an appearance on WMUR, according to Politico. His televised appearances will take place before the debates start in Miami.

Bullock, a virtual unknown who didn't enter the primary race until the middle of last month, did not reach the required 1 percent support in three qualifying polls or acquire 65,000 donors.


Bullock claimed he met the polling threshold ahead of the debate lineup announcements, but the Democratic National Committee (DNC) disagreed, saying one of the polls Bullock was counting didn’t count. DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE has stood behind the organization’s rule, saying “we gave folks a fair shake.”

Twenty Democrats vying for the party's nomination will take part in the debates, with 10 candidates onstage each night.

Aside from Bullock, Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Wall Street ends volatile month in major test for Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Hurricane headed for Florida changes Trump's travel plans MORE (D-Mass.), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate 10 Democrats set to debate after other half falls short MORE did not make the stage.

Moulton has also made other plans for the debate days, telling Fox News he’ll go to Miami anyway to “share my story.”