Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will be on the debate stage this fall, but the same can’t be said for many of the other candidates in the crowded field.
This week’s debates, spread out over two nights, saw 20 candidates attempt to make their case for the Democratic nomination.
Klobuchar pushed more moderate policy positions than some of her opponents, especially on issues like Medicare for All and tuition-free public college. She also emphasized her ability to win in red states and her record of bipartisanship.
But while the most recent debates required two nights, that could change come fall. According to a Thursday New York Times article, only eight candidates have qualified so far, including Klobuchar. If ten candidates have not qualified by Aug. 28, the debate will take place over just one night.
The threshold to qualify for the fall debates requires candidates to receive donations from 130,000 individual donors and poll at above 2 percent in qualifying polls. Klobuchar’s campaign announced Friday that it had reached the donations threshold less than 48 hours after Klobuchar took the debate stage Tuesday.
According to a press release, July was Klobuchar's strongest fundraising month since she announced her campaign in February.
“Amy’s debate performances have shown exactly why she is the strongest candidate to take on Donald Trump and she will continue to hold him accountable for his divisiveness and empty promises,” said Klobuchar campaign manager Justin Buoen in a statement.
"As she takes the stage again this fall, voters will hear about her optimistic agenda and plans to make progress on the challenges and opportunities we face as a nation.
Per the New York Times, other candidates to qualify for the fall debates are former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Senator Cory Booker; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; California Senator Kamala Harris; Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.