Democratic presidential hopeful 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.) announced on Wednesday that he submitted his debate certification documents to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of the qualification deadline for the party’s first presidential debate.
“I’m running for president to build a more fair and just nation for everyone, and I’m excited to get on that debate stage in Miami and make my case to the American people,” Booker said in a statement.
“I’m grateful for the folks from around the country that have chipped in to our campaign over the past four months to help us build the grassroots movement that will carry us through debate season and beyond to victory. None of this would have been possible without their support,” he continued.
Booker’s campaign also announced that the senator “far exceeded” the 65,000 individual donor as well as the polling thresholds for the debates.
The announcement comes before the deadline to qualify for the debates at the end of the day on Wednesday.
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Only 20 candidates will get a spot on the debate stage, which will stretch over two nights over June 26 and 27, with 10 candidates on stage per night.
The televised event will be a chance for candidates to stand out from the crowded Democratic pack, which has been largely dominated by 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.