The chaotic spin room after the first Detroit debate | Andrew Roth
Updated, 9:23 p.m. with new events Thursday from Harris and Biden
It’s round two of the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit, so the Advance has rounded up all the contenders’ previous trips to Michigan.
The lineup Wednesday night is: Vice President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro.
Only DeBlasio, Gabbard and Bennet hadn’t stumped in Michigan before coming in for the debate.
We already took a look at campaign stops for the contenders debating Tuesday.
Please to enjoy part two of our compilation of candidates’ Mitten State love:
Harris has practically moved into Detroit since appearing at the July 24 national NAACP forum along with 10 other candidates. Afterward, she spoke at a rally for Detroit security officers, which South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg did on Wednesday, as well.
The California U.S. senator visited two Detroit businesses – the Narrow Way Café and Good Cakes & Bakes – on Monday afternoon, just before picking up the endorsement of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. The Advance also reported that Harris has been spotted at non-campaign events in the D, including a music concert on Saturday.
She is scheduled at 2:15 p.m. Thursday to “walk a day in the shoes” of Detroit security officer, Delores McDaniel.*
Castro held a fundraiser Monday evening in Detroit. He became the first 2020 presidential candidate to visit Flint in June, when he toured the Flint Farmers’ Market and held a town hall.
After unveiling his Community Climate Justice Plan in Detroit and touring the Flint Development Center on Monday – including shooting some hoops with Flint kids – Inslee went to a Detroit mosque and held a roundtable with Muslim leaders Tuesday morning.
Inslee made his first visit to Michigan in June, touring the state’s most polluted ZIP code and holding an environmental justice roundtable.
The New Jersey U.S. senator often touts his Detroit roots and spoke to a conference of African American local officials in Detroit in May.
Booker came back to the city last week for the NAACP forum. Following the event, he met with local officials, including Mayor Karen Weaver and state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) – who is challenging her in this year’s mayoral race.
On Thursday after the debate, Booker will host another event in Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the event at Saint Andrew’s Hall.
The former veep took awhile to make it to the Mitten (although he did start his campaign late).
And as backer Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has noted, Biden has put in plenty of time in Michigan over the years, most recently headlining a 2018 Lansing campaign rally for now-U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and speaking at former U.S. Rep. John Dingell’s funeral in February.
Last week, Biden did the NAACP forum, had lunch at a Dearborn restaurant with Duggan and others and then held a fundraiser in Detroit. On Thursday, Biden is slated to do an event in Detroit.*
Gillibrand first campaigned in Michigan in March, with an MSNBC town hall and a Fems for Dems event attended by both Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel — both in Oakland County.
The New York U.S. senator took a bus tour through Michigan on July 12, doing a gun control event in Birmingham, stopping in Flint and meeting with Mayor Karen Weaver, and holding a Lansing meet and greet.
The Colorado U.S. senator arrived in Michigan on Tuesday before his debate and talked about workforce development and health care with union apprentices in Troy on Tuesday afternoon.
Yang was the first candidate to visit Michigan in the 2020 cycle, holding a rally in November 2018. The entrepreneur also did an event in Detroit in May pitching his signature universal basic income idea.
He held fundraiser at TechTown Detroit on Tuesday evening.
After the debate Wednesday night, Gabbard — who ran a commercial during Tuesday’s debate — will visit her official debate watch party at Bookie’s Bar and Grill.
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