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 BullockNew poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Partisan divisions sharpen as independent voters fade MORE (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats 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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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.