Congratulations to both John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet who made the first Democratic debate on June 26 and 27, broadcasted by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.
By reaching one percent in the polls, they also qualify for the second debate at the end of July. But, they haven’t registered in the fundraising goal of $65,000 from online sources, and at one percent, they join a dozen other candidates barely in the race. Qualifying for the August debate is tougher with a two percent threshold for polling. The one percenters don’t have much time to spare.
Neither Bennet nor Hickenlooper have reputations for superior debating skills. Bennet has done well in interviews on MSNBC and the weekend political talk shows while touting his book. His internet high point was his Senate floor speech taking on Ted Cruz.
Hickenlooper has moments of interviewing strength, but sometimes misses the mark. Recently, his policy positions have been well received on foreign policy and climate change. And, he did have a breakout moment labeled, “Hickenlooper booed” on the internet when he said “socialism is not the answer” to a Democratic convention full of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supporters.