Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates

Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Abrams helps launch initiative to train women activists, organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 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 TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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 BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWorking Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Abrams helps launch initiative to train women activists, organizers This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election 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.