Klobuchar reaches polling threshold for third debate

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

July 22, 2019: Amy Klobuchar reached 2 percent support or more in a fourth qualifying poll for the third Democratic presidential debate. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Puerto Rico to protest Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

There are 12 new candidates running since last week, including two Republicans. In total, 791 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Their [Iowa] trips highlighted that Warren and Sanders are betting their candidacies on divergent strategies, and they believe they can grow in different areas. Warren, faced with questions of electability, is trying to show her message appeals in unlikely places. Sanders, meanwhile, is fishing for votes among older Iowans more likely to support former vice president Joe Biden.”

– Annie Linskey, The Washington Post national political reporter


  • The Des Moines Register and AARP hosted a series of five forums in Iowa last week. Steve BullockPete Buttigieg, and Bernie Sanders participated in Saturday’s event in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Michael Bennet campaigned in New Hampshire Friday and Saturday.
  • Joe Biden visited Las Vegas Saturday, marking his second trip to the Nevada city since launching his 2020 presidential campaign. During the trip, he said that young Democrats were “not a generation of socialists.”
  • Nicholas Burns, who served on the National Security Council staff under the Bush and Clinton administrations, joined the Biden campaign as an adviser.
  • Bill de BlasioJulián Castro, and Elizabeth Warren have added gender pronouns to their Twitter campaign bios, which is a common practice among the transgender community and its supporters.
  • Cory Booker visited the San Diego Comic-Con Friday and criticized Donald Trump’s rhetoric against four minority congresswoman Sunday, comparing him to segregationist George Wallace.
  • Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Puerto Rico to join protests calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. 
  • The Associated Press profiled the state of Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign and her “Trump Broken Promises Tour.”
  • The Mike Gravel campaign called on John DelaneyJohn Hickenlooper, and Tim Ryan to withdraw from the presidential race since none of them qualified for the debates via grassroots fundraising while Gravel had met that threshold.
  • Kamala Harris campaigned in California Friday, including attending an event hosted by Electing Women Bay Area.
  • Hickenlooper appeared on WMUR’s CloseUp in New Hampshire, where he discussed fundraising and why he wanted to remain in the race.
  • In the Daily Kos series Making ProgressJay Inslee spoke about climate change and low-income communities, healthcare, and white nationalism.
  • Amy Klobuchar reached 2 percent support or more in a fourth qualifying poll for the third Democratic presidential debate in September. Klobuchar’s campaign said she had more than 100,000 contributors and was on pace to meet the donor threshold.
  • Wayne Messam spoke at the Young Democrats of America National Convention Friday.
  • In an interview on CNN, Seth Moulton said “having a racist president who incites the kind of violent lines we saw in North Carolina” is grounds for initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump.
  • In an interview with NBC News, Beto O’Rourke discussed the drop in his campaign’s fundraising and polling and his plan going forward.
  • Sanders said his campaign will limit the hours of staffers to ensure they earn the equivalent of a $15 minimum wage.
  • Joe Sestak wrote an op-ed in The Des Moines Register Saturday on escalating tensions with Iran.
  • The New York Times profiled Tom Steyer‘s presidential campaign and media coverage of his wealth.
  • In an interview on CNN, Marianne Williamson discussed the Trumpadministration, constitutional principles, and Rep. Ilhan Omar.
  • On an episode of Recode Decode with Kara SwisherAndrew Yang discussedinnovation and his critique of calls to break up large tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
  • Axios rounded up where the 2020 Democrats stand on Chinese internment camps holding more than 1 million Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.


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Flashback: July 22, 2015

The Federal Election Commission published Donald Trump’s personal financial disclosure records.