CNN to host live 7-hour climate change town hall with 2020 Democrats

CNN to host live 7-hour climate change town hall with 2020 Democrats
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CNN will host a live seven-hour "climate crisis town hall" next week with 10 Democratic primary candidates. 

Each candidate is allotted 40 minutes to address questions from CNN moderators and audience members at the town hall in New York, CNN announced Tuesday. 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will kick off the town hall at 5 p.m. The event will conclude with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE's (D-N.J.) appearance at 11:20 p.m.

Other Democrats will participate in the following order: former tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Yang: 'Cancel culture' has become source of 'fear' for Americans Hundreds of thousands turn out in New York, other major cities for climate marches MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (Minn.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas).

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The network did not elaborate on how the candidate order was chosen. 

Five CNN journalists — Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump accuses Democrats of launching a 'Ukraine Witch Hunt' Biden dismisses Trump's Ukraine allegations: 'The president should start to be president' Trump asked Ukraine president to investigate Biden's son eight times in one phone call: reports MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonTucker Carlson defends former colleague Megyn Kelly amid Trudeau blackface controversy Newsom: Nixon and Reagan 'rolling in their graves right now' over what GOP has become Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE — will each moderate two candidates.

CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir will also question candidates throughout the evening. 

CNN’s town hall follows the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision not to host a climate-focused debate. A DNC committee voted down the proposal last week in a 17-8 vote, after months of pushback from activists calling for the party to host a debate centered on climate change.