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 BullockMoulton: Trump voters 'know that he's an a--hole' Former Navy officer, teacher enters race to unseat GOP senator in Montana Andrew Yang raises .8 million in second quarter 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.

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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 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.), former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamTop Democrats who could win presidential nomination Warren, Harris surge into tie with Biden in new Iowa poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate 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.”