CNN announces string of 2020 town halls

CNN on Tuesday announced a string of town halls in the coming weeks featuring five different Democrats running for president in 2020.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.) will appear in the first town hall, which will air on April 9 and be moderated by Erin Burnett. Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on DNC to hold debate focused on climate change Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall Inslee: Schultz 'almost totally' AWOL from policy in Washington state MORE (D-Wash.) will join CNN for another town hall the next day that Wolf Blitzer will host. Former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian CastroJulian CastroSwalwell stakes campaign on gun violence Gillibrand's CNN town hall attracts lowest rating among 2020 contenders Meet the longshot yogi from the Rust Belt running for president MORE will appear at another town hall on April 11 and be interviewed by Don Lemon. 

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CNN will also host back-to-back town halls on April 14 with author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Marianne Williamson on reparations: 'Anything less than 0 billion is an insult' MORE and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall Celebs start opening their wallets for 2020 Dems California city begins universal basic income experiment MORE to be moderated by Dana Bash and Ana Cabrera, respectively.

The network has already hosted several town halls with presidential contenders, giving candidates opportunities to get their names and platforms out to the public.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.) scored the highest-rated town hall for CNN this year in delivering nearly 1.9 million total viewers on Jan. 28. The event was moderated by "State of the Union" anchor Jake Tapper.

The most recent town hall on the network with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-NJ) last Wednesday delivered 929,000 total viewers. "CNN Tonight" anchor Don Lemon moderated that event. 

But perhaps the biggest beneficiary of CNN’s town hall format thus far is South Bend Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegO'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Buttigieg campaign says it will stop using 'Pharisees' to describe conservative Christians MORE, whose presidential campaign is still technically in the exploratory phase. His appearance last month was swiftly followed by an avalanche of media attention and a surge in donations to his campaign, cementing his status as a serious contender after entering the race as a little-known Indiana mayor.

He announced the next day that his campaign received donations from more than 65,000 Americans, reaching the threshold to appear on the Democratic debate stage this summer. 

Other candidates to be featured in CNN town halls this year include Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis MORE (D-Hawaii), Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneySeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall Booker denies 'swipe' at John Delaney after his campaign sent fundraising email attacking Delaney The Hill's 12:30 Report: First look at 2020 money race MORE (Md.) and Buttigieg, as well as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has not declared his candidacy.