The first Democratic National Committee debate Tuesday night in Detroit features 10 candidates, many of whom have already pounded the pavement in Michigan.
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:
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.
The former Colorado governor spoke at the national NAACP convention in Detroit last week, but did not participate in the presidential candidate forum.
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.
Williamson, an author who led the Church of Today in Warren, campaigned in Detroit this spring and spoke to the NAACP conference last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.