Advance Notice: Briefs

Detroit Democratic presidential debate lineups set

By: - July 18, 2019 8:12 pm
The Democratic primary debate in 2016.

Democratic presidential debate held at the University of Michigan-Flint, 2016 | Susan J. Demas

The lineups for the next two nights of Democratic National Committee presidential debates have been announced.

The 25-candidate field was winnowed down to 20 contenders at the upcoming debates to be held at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. CNN, a debate partner, on Thursday reported the matchups for the July 30 and 31 events.

The candidates scheduled for the first debate are: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), author Marianne Williamson, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The second debate is set to feature: 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.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.