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Detroit To Host Democratic Presidential Debate In July

April 02, 2019 - 3:24 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit will play host to the second televised primary debate among a crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Making the announcement Monday, the DNC said the event will be broadcast live from Detroit on CNN in prime time, on back-to-back nights on July 30 and 31.  

“Detroit embodies the values and character of the Democratic Party,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez, in a media release. “It’s a city of grit and determination, a city that has gotten knocked down only to get back up stronger. With its diversity, its storied history, and its proud ties to the labor movement, Detroit is the perfect place for our party’s second debate.”

Detroit and Michigan are certainly important for the party, which seen to take regain a state lost to Donald Trump in 2016.

“Detroit is one of America’s great cities,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes. “For decades, the Motor City has been a critical pillar of our nation’s economy and an icon of American innovation. And I can’t wait to welcome our amazing Democratic candidates to Michigan as we show the American people that we are truly the party of working people.”

The DNC said the debate lineups for each night will be determined at random to provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience.

Additional details on the venue, moderators, communication accessibility, and timing will be announced at a later date.

Also not yet know is who will be there.

A diverse field of hopefuls includes Sen.Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, among many others. While many polls show former Vice President Joe Biden as the favorite, he hasn't announced that he will run.