Campaign announces Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate

Campaign announces Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate
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Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE has qualified for Tuesday’s South Carolina presidential debate after failing to make the stage for last week's debate in Las Vegas, the billionaire's campaign announced Sunday.

A new CBS/YouGov poll that put Steyer at 18 percent in the Democratic field marked the second of the two necessary qualifying polls, the campaign said.

“The race for the Democratic nomination is far from over. We are now entering a critical phase in the primary and next Saturday South Carolina voters will finally have the chance to have their voices heard,” Steyer Campaign Manager Heather Hargreaves said in a statement.

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“They know that Tom is the only candidate in the race fighting to return power to communities left behind by Washington through specific policies, including reparations, direct democracy, and term limits for Members of Congress,” Hargreaves added. “On the debate stage Tuesday night, Tom will demonstrate that he is the only candidate who can expose Trump on the economy, put together a diverse coalition that can win in November, and break the corporate stranglehold over our government.”

The poll in question shows Steyer in third place behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.).  Biden’s lead in the Palmetto State has considerably diminished from earlier surveys, pollsters found, with the former vice president leading Sanders, 28 to 23 percent, after earlier leading all challengers by 30 points.

Last week's debate in Las Vegas was the first in which  former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWithout drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary The tragedy of 9/11 — an inflection point in American history MORE, who, like Steyer, is bankrolling an advertising-heavy campaign using his personal wealth, appeared.