Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said that hes concerned the next Democratic presidential debate could lack diversity after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) dropped out of the 2020 race on Dec. 3.
With the highest thresholds yet, the Dec. 19 debate will likely contain the smallest number of candidates of this cycle. So far, six candidates have qualified: billionaire Tom Steyer, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Harris had qualified before she dropped out.
“Im a little angry. I have to say that we started with one of the most diverse fields in our history, giving people pride, and its a damn shame now that the only African-American woman in this race, who has been speaking to issues that need to be brought up, is now no longer in it, and were spiraling towards a debate stage that potentially—were still fighting to get on it—but could have 6 people with no diversity whatsoever,” Booker said during a Dec. 3 appearance on MSNBCs “All In with Chris Hayes.”
The sentiment was echoed by a number of Democratic activists and writers, as well as 2020 candidate and former Obama administration cabinet secretary Julian Castro.