Detroit will host second Democratic primary election debate


Sanders at a town meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2015 - PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Photo by Gage Skidmore
  • Sanders at a town meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, July 2015

Detroit will take center stage during the Democratic presidential primary election when it hosts the second televised debate in July.

CNN will broadcast what is expected to be a two-day debate, with as many 20 candidates duking it out for a chance to square off against President Trump, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.

"Detroit embodies the values and character of the Democratic Party," DNC Chairman Tom Perez told the Free Press. "It's a city of grit and determination, a city that has gotten knocked down, only to get back up stronger. ... Detroit is the perfect place for our party's second debate."

The debate is scheduled for July 30 and will take place the following day "if it's deemed necessary."

Michigan is a key battleground state that voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries before flipping for Trump in the presidential election. Trump won by a razor-thin margin in 2016, but recent polls show his favorability has fallen dramatically since.

At least 18 Democrats have announced their candidacy so far including the following:
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of N.J.
Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of Calif.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
Amy Klobuchar of Minn.
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Tex.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Author Marianne Williamson
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang of N.Y
Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam of Fla.

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