WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign said Friday that she has met the requirements to participate in the third and fourth Democratic presidential debates.
The Democratic National Committee set both polling and fundraising thresholds that candidates must hit in order to make the debate stage in September and October. Klobuchar previously reached at least 2% support in four early state or national polls; now, her campaign said, the Minnesota Democrat also has reached 130,000 individual donors to her campaign.
“We’re thankful for the strong grassroots support we’ve received from all across the country as our momentum continues to build heading into the fall,” campaign manager Justin Buoen said in a prepared statement. “Amy’s debate performances have shown exactly why she is the strongest candidate to take on Donald Trump, and she will continue to hold him accountable for his divisiveness and empty promises.”
Klobuchar is the eighth Democratic candidate to qualify for the September debate in Houston, as well as the October debate, for which a location has not yet been announced. To date, the others are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker.
In all, 20 Democratic candidates participated in two debates over consecutive nights this past week in Detroit. But pundits expect many of those candidates won’t make the upcoming debates, which is likely to prompt the first major thinning of the current field.
In the second Democratic debate this week, in Detroit, Klobuchar opted to focus her attacks on Trump rather than her Democratic rivals. In a news release, Klobuchar signaled she intends to keep pursuing that strategy in upcoming debates.
“While the debates are definitely about showing differences of opinion on policy, I think our time is better spent taking it to Donald Trump instead of each other,” Klobuchar said.