in the vicinityVideoCory Booker unhappy with DNC debate rules; Joe Biden spars with caucus goer
Democrats swarm to Iowa as caucus looms; Peter Doocy reports from Des Moines.
He has not the stage, but many TV viewers on Thursday evening, the Democratic presidential primary debate will probably – and short – see, sen. Cory Booker.
The senator from New Jersey to run the first TV ad of his Democratic campaign during the debate, which aired National on PBS and simulcast on cable TV of CNN.
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Booker’s campaign announced early on Thursday that its display is specially designed for the audience the mood of the debate, and will be seen in 22 TV markets across the country, including the four early primary and caucus States of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as well as in New York City, Washington DC and Los Angeles.
In the 30-second spot, entitled ‘Together,’ Booker jokes “how long these things are? 30 seconds? Are you sure we can afford to do this?”
The candidate – who has been with fundraising and hovering in the low single-digit range in most of the polling – then-emitters, “you’re only gonna see this ad, once, because I’m not a billionaire. I’m not on the debate stage, but that’s okay, because I’m going to win this election anyway.”
“This election is not who spends the most, or the slings, the most mud. It is about the people. It comes to all of us, together, stand together, fight. To not only beat, Donald Trump, but a transformative change we need,” he adds.
Only 7 of the 15 remaining Democratic White house hopefuls qualified for Thursday in the sixth round of the debate. They are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Booker reaches the individual donor’s qualifying criteria, which was of the Democratic National Committee, but far from reaching the polling threshold. Thursday in the debate is the first for which he could not qualify.
HE SAYS THE QUALIFICATION FOR THE DEBATE, BUT BOOKER THAT HIS “WAY FORWARD IS CLEAR”
On Saturday, Booker led a letter to the DNC issues the national party Committee’s “alternative debate training” for four-nomination debates scheduled in January and February in the early voting States.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, in addition to Booker, the other black candidate in the nomination race, also in order to qualify for the debate. A third black-and-candidate – Sen. Kamala Harris, California’s qualified for the debate ended, however, with her White house bid earlier this month. Former Housing Secy. Julian Castro, the only Latino candidate in the field, to qualify not to be. Yang, the Asian-American ” is to qualify the only non-white candidate.
Democratic presidential candidate sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey campaigns in Portsmouth, NH, in February of 2019
Booker, in his letter argued that the higher threshold values “unnecessarily and artificially narrowed, what started out as one of the strongest and most diverse Democratic field in history.”
The letter was signed by all seven candidates who will appear in the debate, appeared to receive a frosty reception by the DNC, to reveal the still, the qualification of the threshold values for the January and February primary showdowns.
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While Booker spot advertising on TV, is a candidate in Iowa on Thursday, to kick off a five-day tour through the state, from the presidential nomination calendar.