Tulsi Gabbard makes the cut for first DNC presidential debate

Tulsi Gabbard makes the cut for first DNC presidential debate
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard speaks in Iowa in June. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Source: Charlie Neibergall)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is among 20 candidates who have made the cut for the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 campaign for the White House.

Gabbard, who represents Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, qualified through both polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds, the Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

Because there are so many candidates, the DNC said there will be two debates — on June 26 and on June 27 — at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

The DNC said it will randomly and evenly split the 20 candidates for the two debates.

NBC News, which is moderating the first debates, will divide the candidates on Friday.

The event, the first of 12 primary debates the DNC has planned, will air live on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo starting at 3 p.m. Hawaii time.

Gabbard announced in January she was running for president.

During her campaign, she has focused on international relations and health care.

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