Tulsi Gabbard is one of the 12 Democratic presidential candidates who qualified for the CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate on Tuesday, October 15. To qualify for the October debates, candidates had to receive at least 2 percent of support in four separate Democratic National Committee-approved polls and receive contributions from at least 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 donors from 20 different states.
But the Hawaii Congresswoman raised some eyebrows when she announced that she was considering a boycott of the debate over the weekend.
“The 2016 Democratic primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders,” Gabbard had said. “In this 2020 election, the DNC and the corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time, it’s against the American people in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
She added that the debates were “commercialized reality television meant to entertain, rather [than] inform or enlighten.”
I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig 2020 primary. Not against Bernie this time, but against voters in early states Iowa, New Hampshire, South… –> https://t.co/x5P3GFGbyn pic.twitter.com/UgKCj6DGI0
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 10, 2019
But will Gabbard actually follow threw on the boycott?
Will Tulsi Gabbard Attend the CNN/New York Times Debate?
On Monday, October 14, Gabbard announced that she has reversed course and will attend the debate for an opportunity to share her thoughts on important issues with voters alongside the other top candidates.
I will be attending the debate.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 14, 2019
The CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate is set to kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNN.
Participants will include Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Businessman Andrew Yang.
CNN Democratic Presidential Debates Viewing Details & Info
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Location:Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio
Hosts: CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper and New York Times national editor Marc Lacey
TV Channel: CNN
Live Stream: CNN