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The finalized lineup, officially resulting form a neutral drawing of straws, was announced by CNN on Thursday. Since the field currently holds more than 25 competitors, attendance was limited to 20 competitors via criteria established by the Democratic National Committee. The second debate, which is to be hosted in Detroit, Michigan between July 30 through July 31, will again split candidates between two evenings.
The lineup results, however, are less than equitable. Warren, who risen to second place behind Biden in most polls, is once again relegated to the first night’s debate, missing the opportunity to face off against the frontrunner. The scenario is similar to that which played out last month at the first Democrat presidential debate in Miami, Florida. Warren was relegated to debating candidates barely polling above 1 percent, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD).
Biden, meanwhile, was given the opportunity to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), whose support among his own base continues to be eclipsed by Warren, and a number of other candidates, including entrepreneur Andrew Yang and author Marianne Williamson.
Despite being prevented from a head-to-head matchup with the former vice president, Warren showed herself to be in good spirits on Thursday.
“Grateful for another chance to talk about our grassroots movement at CNN’s Democratic presidential debate on July 30th,” the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted after the lineup was finalized. “I’m fired up for big, structural change—let’s do this!”
CNN debates finalized
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 19, 2019
Grateful for another chance to talk about our grassroots movement at @CNN’s Democratic presidential debate on July 30th. I’m fired up for big, structural change—let’s do this!
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 19, 2019
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