Warren, Buttigieg, Sanders and more: A look back at tonight’s debate hopefuls’ Michigan stops

Democratic National Committee debate set in Detroit | Andrew Roth

The first Democratic National Committee debate Tuesday night in Detroit features 10 candidates, many of whom have already pounded the pavement in Michigan.

Outside the Democratic National Committee debate in Detroit | Andrew Roth

Contenders scheduled for night one are: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), author Marianne Williamson, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Of that list, only Bullock has yet to campaign in the Mitten State. Here’s a roundup of the other nine candidates’ campaign events:

Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts U.S. senator held a rally at Lansing Community College in June, plugging her “economic patriotism” agenda and, of course, staying for selfies with the crowd afterward. State Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) introduced her. Warren also was one of 10 candidates at the national NAACP presidential candidate forum last week in Detroit.

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John Hickenlooper

The former Colorado governor spoke at the national NAACP convention in Detroit last week, but did not participate in the presidential candidate forum.

Beto O’Rourke

O’Rourke stumped in Southeast Michigan shortly after declaring in March, making three stops, including to a Carpenters’ training center. He also was part of the July 24 NAACP forum and held a town hall in Flint afterward.

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Marianne Williamson

Williamson, an author who led the Church of Today in Warren, campaigned in Detroit this spring and spoke to the NAACP conference last week.

Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg has held two Michigan fundraisers in July, one in Saugatuck and one Sunday in Detroit. He also participated in the NAACP forum. The South Bend mayor is set to rally with Detroit security workers who are fighting for a union on Wednesday in Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

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Tim Ryan

Ryan headlined a May fundraiser in West Michigan — making him one of the few hopefuls to head to that side of the state. Before the event, he talked about the problem of PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country.

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John Delaney

The former Maryland congressman has spent a lot of time in Michigan, hosting a Detroit roundtable in January. Ahead of the debate tonight, he’s holding press conferences and an economic roundtable with entrepreneurs of color.

Amy Klobuchar

Klobuchar spoke at a conference of African American officials in Detroit in May. Later that month, she did a gun control event in Ann Arbor with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and keynoted the Michigan Democratic Party Women’s Caucus luncheon in May in the city. In an exclusive interview with the Advance, the Minnesota U.S. senator talked about why she appears on Fox News and her strategy of campaigning in bright-red areas.

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Bernie Sanders

The independent U.S. senator held a large Macomb County rally in April and stopped at a West Michigan union hall. Sanders was at the NAACP forum, too. On Saturday, he took a bus trip from Detroit to Canada to highlight high drug prices and he held a grassroots fundraiser in Detroit that evening. Two of his surrogates, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner and actor and activist Danny Glover  visited two homes in Flint on Monday.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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