Warren and Sanders set to share debate stage

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

July 19, 2019: The lineup for the July 30-31, 2019, debate in Detroit was announced Thursday night. Beto O’Rourke released his Social Security policy proposal.

Each Friday, we’ll highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.
Daily Presidential News Briefing - Staffer Spotlight - Maya Rupert

Maya Rupert is a Democratic staffer and policy director who worked under Castro at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has no prior campaign management experience.

Other experience:

  • 2017-2018: Center for Reproductive Rights, senior director for policy and D.C. managing director
  • 2016-2017: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, senior policy advisor
  • 2015: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, chief of staff to the general counsel
  • 2010-2015: National Center for Lesbian Rights, policy director
  • 2007-2010: Sidley Austin LLP, associate

What she says about Castro:

“Every day we talk to more people who are having the exact same reaction: They like these ideas, and they want to make sure that his ideas are the ones getting talked about.”

Notable Quote of the Day

“I don’t think [candidates] decide to get out: It’s decided for them: when their money dries up, when they can’t pay their staff, they can’t pay for travel.

If they’re wealthy like Tom Steyer, I guess that doesn’t matter. But we’re not even there yet, because we haven’t even had the second debate. They’re looking for their moment that they are ‘made’—and then, when that’s over, reality is going to sink in with them, their staffers and their donors.

That’s what creates the psychology that the press and the pundits and the donors ‘don’t know what I know. I know how to win. I’ve done it before. They were all wrong before.’ And it’s hard to argue with that. So they continue running until they run out of fuel.”

– Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics

Debate Lineup

CNN announced the lineup for each night of the second presidential primary debatein Detroit, Michigan.

CNN used a random drawing to distribute the 20 presidential candidates who qualified across the two debate segments. 

Here are the candidates for Tuesday, July 30:

The other 10 candidates will debate Wednesday, July 31:


  • The Des Moines Register and AARP are hosting a series of five forums in Iowa this week. Beto O’RourkeElizabeth WarrenMarianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang will participate in Friday’s event in Sioux City, Iowa.
  • In an interview on Slate’s The GistMichael Bennet discussed his family plan, the filibuster, and how centrism is represented in politics.
  • Joe BidenPete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris received more contributions from Hillary Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s top bundlers than any other Democratic candidates, according to a Politico analysis.
  • Bill de Blasio will remain in New York City over the weekend due to an expected heatwave.
  • In a Washington Post Live interviewCory Booker discussed impeachment proceedings, his campaigning style, and Biden’s statements on busing.
  • Steve Bullock will campaign across Iowa Friday and Saturday.
  • Julián Castro will campaign in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Iowa over the weekend. He said he planned to hire more staff in New Hampshire.
  • Politico interviewed John Delaney about the upcoming debate, social media, government experience, climate change, healthcare, the 2016 presidential election, and other topics.
  • In an interview with The National InterestMike Gravel discussed his presidential campaign, foreign policy, and the debate qualifications. He said his campaign would “make an investigation whether or not the DNC turned my name into these various polls that were being taken.”
  • Bustle interviewed Amy Klobuchar about gun violence and domestic violence, college affordability, abortion, and the Democratic primary.
  • Wayne Messam appeared in Jackson, Mississippi, for the annual National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
  • In an interview on WBUR’s Here & NowSeth Moulton spoke about veterans’ advocacy, House leadership, national security, and healthcare.
  • O’Rourke announced a Social Security policy proposal that would give credits to caregivers to children under 12 and family members with health conditions. The credits, available for up to five years, would be equal to half of the average earnings of a fulltime worker. Fulltime students aged 22 or younger would also be allowed to collect a deceased parent’s Social Security benefits.
  • Some members of the Bernie Sanders campaign, which unionized in March, are lobbying for a $15 hourly wage.
  • Tom Steyer campaigned Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, where he said he had the experience to confront corporations.


What We’re Reading

Flashback: July 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders held a rally in Dallas, Texas. Donald Trump led the Republican primary field in an ABC News/Washington Post poll with 24 percent support.