Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates

Klobuchar says she has qualified for fall debates
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves 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 TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money 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 BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Briahna Joy Gray: Proposals favored by Black voters 'first at the chopping block' in spending talks MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDemocrats' reconciliation bill breaks Biden's middle class tax pledge We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory BookerDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters Tucker Carlson mocks Buttigieg over paternity leave 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.