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Five of the top Democratic presidential candidates will not participate in MSNBC’s nearly two-day climate change forum.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are not joining their fellow candidates at the forum, which will be held in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post reported Thursday. Biden, for his part, is planning to take part in a $1,000-a-head fundraiser in Illinois.
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Most of the rest of the top contenders will attend. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Andrew Yang, are slated to speak, beginning Thursday and ending Friday. Friday’s portion of the forum will coincide with another forum in Iowa that is focused on LGBTQ issues.
MSNBC’s forum is a risky move for candidates who are starving for attention. CNN’s seven-hour climate talkathon, for instance, was a ratings dud for the network. Only 1.1 million viewers watched the...
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