Wednesday, the Madison County Democratic Party announced that it has partnered with several allied organizations to host two nights of debate between twenty Democratic presidential candidates.
The event is free and open to the public, and snacks will be served.
The Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Parties are June 26 and 27 at the UAH Shelby Center room 107.
The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the debates begin at 8:00 p.m. Debate bingo will be played, and individuals will be interviewed and live-streamed during the commercials.
Joining together to host the Huntsville watch parties are the Madison County Democrats, the Madison County Democratic Women, Greater Huntsville Democrats, North Alabama Young Democrats, and the UAH College Democrats. These organizations are also teaming up with their Democratic friends and neighbors in Limestone, Madison, Lauderdale, and Morgan Counties to sponsor and host watch parties in every corner of North Alabama.
To find a watch party in your area go to: www.democrats.org.
The Democratic National Committee has capped the participants of the first debates at 20.
Former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, businessman Andrew Yang, and spiritual author Marianne Williamson are all definitely in the debate.
Sen. Michael Bennet, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland congressman John Delaney, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tim Ryan, and recent Alabama visitor Rep. Eric Swalwell are on the bubble but appear to be in as of press time.
It appears that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam, Rep. Joe Sestak, and Rep. Seth Moulton will not qualify for tonight’s debate.
Bullock might still get in if he beats out on of the on the bubble candidates in the final tabulation of all the numbers. Messam, Sestak, and Moulton have just entered the race and Democratic voters are just becoming aware of their messages.
According to their mission statement, the Madison County Democrats believe in the equality of all people, the power of education, the dignity of work, and our responsibility to each other, especially the least of these. We promote and support progressive ideals and candidates throughout our communities.
Original reporting by the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips contributed to this report.