Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall

Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall

Eight Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a climate-focused town hall hosted by CNN next month, the network said on Monday.

So far, eight candidates are scheduled to attend the event: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKrystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate 2020 Democrats seek investigation into 'toxic culture' at NBC ahead of debate MORE (D-N.J.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock MORE (D-Minn.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Buttigieg surges to 10-point lead in New Hampshire: poll MORE and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang unveils plan to expand voter access Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate Panel: Dem candidates fear Tulsi attacks on debate stage MORE.

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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris endorses Christy Smith in bid to fill Katie Hill's seat Poll: Biden holds 11-point lead over Warren in Arizona Poll: Biden and Warren are neck and neck in California MORE (D-Calif.) was also invited but will not be able to attend the town hall due to a scheduling conflict, her campaign told CNN. A spokesman for Harris’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for details on the conflict.

The town hall, set for Sept. 4, will take place in New York before a live audience of Democratic voters, according to CNN. The candidates will not debate one another during the event, but will rather make back-to-back appearances. 

The moderators for the event include CNN’s Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoScaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Schiff: Trump helped House Republicans plan to storm SCIF NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses N-word during radio interview MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonConservatives slam Beto O'Rourke over threat to tax-exempt status for religious organizations CNN LGBTQ town hall interrupted by protesters O'Rourke: Religious institutions should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage MORE. Bill Weir, the network’s chief climate correspondent, will also question candidates throughout the town hall.

Others may participate. CNN said it would invite candidates with at least 2 percent in four qualify polls approved by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The window to qualify for the forum began on June 28 and runs until Wednesday.

At least two other candidates appear close to qualifying before the Wednesday deadline: former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerSanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Sanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll MORE, both of whom have three qualifying polls to their names.

One candidate who is all but certain to miss the CNN town hall is Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeO'Rourke ends presidential bid Sunrise Movement organizer: Sanders, Warren boast strongest climate change plans Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate MORE, who had previously — and unsuccessfully — urged the DNC to hold a presidential debate focused on climate change. Inslee has not yet reached 2 percent in any committee-approved poll.