Ten candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have made the cut for the third primary debate.
The 10 candidates who qualified for September’s debate are Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Just hours before the announcement Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced she was dropping out of the race.
Via a video tweet, the NY senator shared that she’s proud of what her team accomplished, and expressed hope that a woman would end up the eventual nominee.
“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Ms. Gillibrand said, according to the NY Times, adding, “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.” But she added: “I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”
Today, I am ending my campaign for president.
I am so proud of this team and all we've accomplished. But I think it’s important to know how you can best serve.
To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate. pic.twitter.com/xM5NGfgFGT
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 28, 2019
With his usual lack of class, Donald Trump trolled Gillibrand shortly after her announcement.
A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Also not making the cut for the third debate were billionaire Tom Steyer, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and self-help guru Marianne Williamson as well as Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and a handful of others.
(lead image via MSNBC screen capture)