Ten 2020 Dems set to participate in seven-hour climate change town hall


Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

August 28, 2019: Ten Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in a seven-hour series of town halls focused on climate change on Sept. 4. Tulsi Gabbard returned to the campaign trail from active duty.


Notable Quote of the Day

“It’s tempting to create an alternative to the DNC debate, but by doing that, you’re basically creating a kiddie table. You’re acknowledging you couldn’t make it, and I don’t think that goes over with voters.”

– Erik Smith, Democratic consultant


  • CNN announced that 10 Democratic candidates will participate in a seven-hour series of town halls focused on climate change on Sept. 4. The candidates who qualified to participate based on polling are Joe BidenCory BookerPete ButtigiegJulián CastroKamala HarrisAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeBernie SandersElizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

  • Candidates have until Wednesday to qualify for the September Democratic primary debate.

  • Biden met with a group of black journalists Tuesday to provide on- and off-the-record insight to his campaign. He discussed his ideal running mate, the primary debates, black voter support, and the Trump administration.

  • In an interview on WBUR’s Here & NowBill de Blasio spoke about inequality in New York City, the Eric Garner case, and mental healthcare among veterans.

  • Buttigieg spoke in front of the Uber headquarters in San Francisco about protections for gig workers and attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles Tuesday.

  • John Delaney will appear on Bloomberg TV Wednesday.

  • Tulsi Gabbard returned from active duty Tuesday after spending two weeks abroad with the Hawaiian Army National Guard.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to pass a national public service plan in her first 100 days as president.

  • In an interview with NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio, O’Rourkediscussed white nationalism and white supremacy, border security, and the Trump administration.

  • Tim Ryan posted a video with Charlamagne tha God promoting his focus on mental health and encouraging supporters to contribute to his campaign.

  • Joe Sestak is campaigning in Iowa Wednesday through Friday, holding events on education, agriculture, and healthcare.

  • Tom Steyer toured an immigration center and met with supporters in San Diego Tuesday.


  • The Republican National Committee began its “Carolinas Kick-Off Tour” Tuesday. The bus tour will include six stops in North Carolina and South Carolina over three days to promote next year’s convention.

  • In an interview with PBS NewsHourJoe Walsh discussed immigration, climate change, and LGBT policy.

Flashback: August 28, 2015

All five Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the summer meeting of the Democratic National Convention.