Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPaul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd Rand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill MORE (D-N.J.) has met the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) requirements to qualify for the third and fourth presidential debates this fall, his campaign announced Monday.

Booker surpassed the 130,000-donor threshold set by the DNC as part of its requirements to participate in the fall debates, his campaign said. He had previously met the polling threshold, which requires candidates to notch at least 2 percent of the vote in four qualifying polls.

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“We’re building this campaign the right way, brick by brick from the grassroots up, and we’re seeing the results of that strategy as we continue to build momentum,” Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie said.

“We’re grateful to the tens of thousands of Americans who have chipped in to ensure Cory’s voice will be heard in the Democratic debates this fall, and who believe in Cory’s uplifting vision of building a more fair and just country for everyone,” he said.

Booker is the seventh candidate to qualify for the third and fourth set of debates, which are set to take place in September and October. The others to meet the requirements for those debates include current Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination The Memo: Job numbers boost Trump and challenge Biden Chris Wallace: Jobs numbers show 'the political resilience of Donald Trump' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Kamala Harris to Trump: 'Keep George Floyd's name out of your mouth' New England Patriots owner pledges M to social justice causes MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Two other candidates, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE, have met the donor requirements for the fall debates, but have not hit the polling threshold.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Hillicon Valley: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests | First lawsuit filed against Trump social media order | Snapchat to no longer promote Trump's account MORE (D-Minn.) has met the polling threshold but not the donor requirement.

The news that Booker has qualified for the later debates comes as Democrats prepare for the second round of presidential debates in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unlike this week’s debates, however, the third and fourth debates have steeper qualifying requirements. Candidates have to amass support from at least 130,000 and score a minimum of 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls.