Booker qualifies for fall Democratic debates

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) has met the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) requirements to qualify for the third and fourth presidential debates this fall, his campaign announced Monday.

Booker surpassed the 130,000-donor threshold set by the DNC as part of its requirements to participate in the fall debates, his campaign said. He had previously met the polling threshold, which requires candidates to notch at least 2 percent of the vote in four qualifying polls.

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“We’re building this campaign the right way, brick by brick from the grassroots up, and we’re seeing the results of that strategy as we continue to build momentum,” Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie said.

“We’re grateful to the tens of thousands of Americans who have chipped in to ensure Cory’s voice will be heard in the Democratic debates this fall, and who believe in Cory’s uplifting vision of building a more fair and just country for everyone,” he said.

Booker is the seventh candidate to qualify for the third and fourth set of debates, which are set to take place in September and October. The others to meet the requirements for those debates include current Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Two other candidates, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE, have met the donor requirements for the fall debates, but have not hit the polling threshold.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) has met the polling threshold but not the donor requirement.

The news that Booker has qualified for the later debates comes as Democrats prepare for the second round of presidential debates in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unlike this week’s debates, however, the third and fourth debates have steeper qualifying requirements. Candidates have to amass support from at least 130,000 and score a minimum of 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls.

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