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Democrats name 20 presidential candidates for 1st debate

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As many as 20 Democratic presidential candidates have qualified for the first debate scheduled to be held later this month ahead of next year's elections.

Prominent names which were announced by the were former Vice Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, California Senator and

and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who have been at loggerheads with over immigration, also made the cut, reported.

In order to qualify for participating in the debate, candidates have to achieve 1 per cent in at least three qualified polls or receive campaign donations from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors each from 20 different states.

The first round of debates will take place on June 26 and 27 in

Four Democrats could not make their way into the list of first debate due to less traction of their respective campaigns. They were Steve Bullock, Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, of Miramar in and

Several Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, have criticised the over a number of issues particularly on Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russian meddling in 2016 elections and immigration. Some of them have even called for Trump's impeachment.

However, Trump while comparing himself to former had said that he has done "great" for the country and will not leave.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 20:26 IST