Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker shared on Thursday that he did not qualify for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate.
In a tweet, Booker announced that he had failed to meet the Democratic National Committee’s qualifications for the debate but vowed to stay in the race.
“Today is the deadline for the DNC’s December debate qualifying threshold—and while I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there’s a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there.”
Today is the deadline for the DNC's December debate qualifying threshold—and while I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there’s a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 12, 2019
He added that he would continue campaigning because he’s “in this to win it.”
“I’m not sticking around for vanity or ego—I’m in this to win it because I believe I’m the best candidate to beat Donald Trump and lead this country to higher ground.”
To qualify for the debate stage, candidates had to hit 4 percent in four national polls and receive donations from 200,000 unique contributors. Booker hit the fundraising requirements, but he failed to achieve the requisite polling numbers.
Harris was the only minority candidate to qualify for the stage before she dropped out, leading to outrage at the prospect that the next debate could feature only white candidates mostly over the age of 60.
Earlier this week, Andrew Yang qualified for the debate, making him the only minority candidate on the stage.
As of Tuesday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) was close to qualifying for the debate. She had already met the fundraising requirement and was one poll away from reaching the polling requirement.
However, Gabbard said that even if she qualified for the debate, she would skip the event in favor of “directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.”
As of Thursday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Ind.), Tom Steyer, Yang and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) had qualified for the debate. Those who have not yet qualified have until the end of Thursday to make it to the debate stage.