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The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but that hasn’t kept ratings-starved CNN from announcing that, for some reason, they will hold yet another town hall marathon, set for mid-October in Los Angeles to focusing on what CNN Tonight host Don Lemon said would be “on issues that are important to the ****, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.”
According to an article posted on Thursday by CNN senior political analyst Mark Preston (click “expand”):
CNN - Human - Rights - Campaign - Foundation
CNN is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our next series of presidential town halls on issues that are important to the ****, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
[T]he October 10 prime time event, airing live on the eve of National Coming Out Day, will feature the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues.
Invitations - Town - Hall - Hopefuls - DNC
Invitations to participate in the town hall will be extended to Democratic presidential hopefuls who meet the DNC's qualifications for the October 2019 primary debates. Candidates must reach 2% in at least four national polls identified by the DNC to determine eligibility. The polls for this town hall must be released between June 28, 2019 and September 25, 2019.
In addition, candidates must also meet the donor threshold outlined by the DNC for the October debate, in which they must have 130,000 unique donors, including 400 donors each from at least 20 states.
Vice - President - Joe - Biden - South
So far, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have accepted HRC's invitation to participate in the event.
In a hilarious turn, an HRC Foundation spokesperson stated that “the audience will be comprised of invited guests, LGBTQ stakeholders and members of civic organizations. No public tickets will be...
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