CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls

CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls
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CNN will host presidential town halls with Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockDeval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Biden, Buttigieg condemn rocket attacks on Israel Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio knocks Bloomberg over stop and frisk apology Deval Patrick enters 2020 race De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' MORE (D) later this month. 

The town halls will take place Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, CNN announced Friday. 

Both candidates joined the crowded field of 2020 candidates in May but have failed to gain significant traction in polling.

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“If we’re going to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE, we need to win back the places we lost — Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania," Bullock said in a statement about the town hall. "I’m excited to talk about how I’m going to do it. It’s time to get money out of politics and make government work again to ensure a fair shot for every American.”

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Bullock polling at 0.5 percent and de Blasio polling at 0.3 percent. 

De Blasio appeared in both Democratic debates so far, while Bullock appeared in the more recent debates. Neither candidate has yet qualified for the next month's debates. 

The network has held 25 town halls with presidential candidates so far this year.

De Blasio and Bullock are among nearly two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.