Michael Bennet makes Labor Day Iowa visit after missing debate cutoff

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Bennet reached the qualifying milestone of 130,000 unique donors but failed to score the polling points needed for the third debate.

Iowa gets a lot of presidential primary candidate traffic. This Labor Day Michael Bennet will be making his Iowa rounds.

If it seems like all eyes are on Iowa, it’s because — well, they are! 

Iowa is an early primary state. It’s one of four states that holds a primary before Super Tuesday. The others are New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina

Recently, we reported that Tom Steyer visited Iowa, and shortly after that his campaign was displeased with the DNC’s designated polling requirements in early primary states which have continued to encumber the candidate from reaching the debate stage.

Now, Bennet is having similar concerns. Bennet reached the qualifying milestone of 130,000 unique donors but failed to score the polling points needed for the third debate — 2% in qualifying polls.

Bennet is one of 10 Democrats who didn’t make the cut for the third DNC presidential debate, which will be held in Houston in September. He’s part of a crowd of Democrats that includes Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Steve Bullock and Marianne Williamson.

Kristin Gillibrand also would have missed the third debate stage but dropped out of the presidential race just hours before the deadline to qualify. 

The fourth DNC presidential debate is already scheduled for October 15 and 16 in Ohio, and it has the same qualifying rules. Bennet, a long-shot candidate, is getting a jump on his Iowa visits this Labor Day.

You won’t be catching Bennet on the debate stage in September, but if you want to hear more from him over Labor Day weekend in Iowa, here’s where he will be:

Sunday, September 1, Cedar Rapids Meet and Greet, RAYGUN, 1028 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA at 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 1, Waterloo Meet and Greet, Black Hawk County Democrats Headquarters, 307 East 4th Street, Waterloo, IA at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 2, Hawkeye Area Labor Council Picnic, Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA at 11:10 a.m.

Monday, September 2, Iowa City Fed Assembly Picnic, City Park, 200 Park Road, Iowa City, IA at 12:20 p.m.

Melissa S. Razdrih

Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at [email protected].


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