Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates

Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats MORE (D-Minn.) has qualified for the next Democratic presidential primary debates, her campaign said on Friday, making her the eighth candidate to make the stage. 

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has set tougher standards to qualify for the third and fourth primary debates, which are slated for September and October. Candidates need to register at least 2 percent support in four DNC-approved polls and amass 130,000 unique donors.

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Klobuchar had already met the polling criteria, but her campaign said on Friday that she had also reached the donor threshold.

Klobuchar took the stage earlier this week for the second round of presidential debates. And while she delivered a relatively muted performance, her campaign said that July has been her best fundraising month since she announced her candidacy in February.

The second round of debates this week showcased bitter ideological divisions and personal tensions in the Democratic primary field. That has alarmed some Democrats on Capitol Hill, who worry that the intraparty disputes could weaken the party ahead of the 2020 elections.

“While the debates are definitely about showing differences of opinion on policy, I think our time is better spent taking it to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE instead of each other,” Klobuchar said in a statement on Friday.

So far, seven other candidates have qualified for the fall debates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Biden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

The third debate in September will be held in Houston. The location of the fourth debate has not yet been announced.