Sep 15, 2019

Congressman pulls endorsement of Julián Castro, gives to Joe Biden

Vicente Gonzalez. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) told CNN Sunday that he is pulling his endorsement of former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and is giving it to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Gonzalez says his party needs to "narrow the field and unite as Democrats to defeat Trump."

  • The switch comes after Castro and Biden clashed at Thursday night's Democratic debate, where Castro appeared to accuse Biden of not remembering earlier remarks based on his age. Castro has since denied that age was the motivation for his criticism.
  • "If you're polling in the low single digits and you're not raising resources, I mean, it's clearly a recipe for disaster," Gonzalez said.

Between the lines: The 2020 Democratic nomination has 3 candidates consistently polling in front — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Biden. But all who qualified for the debate last week have already qualified for the October debate.

  • Billionaire Tom Steyer is also set to join the group, and outlying contenders still have until Oct. 1 to qualify.

Go deeper: Castro goes after Biden's health care plan and his memory

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CNN's October Democratic debate will take place on 1 night

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

October's Democratic primary debates hosted by CNN and the New York Times will be take place on a single night — Oct. 15 — with 12 candidates on stage.

Why it matters: Even as lower-tier candidates have been racing to reach the Democratic National Committee's higher qualification requirements, the crowded stage will further limit the field's ability to stand out. September's debate, which had 10 candidates on stage over 3 hours, only saw 2 candidates, frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, get more than 15 minutes of speaking time, per the New York Times.

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CNN to host 2020 town hall on LGBTQ issues

Amy Klobuchar listens while Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Democratic presidential debate July 30. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

CNN released new details Wednesday on its upcoming 2020 Democratic town hall on LGBTQ issues, hosted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The event will take place on Oct. 10, 5 days before the 4th round of primary debates.

Catch up quick: So far, 9 candidates will attend. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former tech executive Andrew Yang declined to participate, citing scheduling conflicts, CNN reports. Candidates are eligible to attend if they meet DNC qualifications for October's primary debates.

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The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

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