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Texans Beto O'Rourke, Julián Castro Will Share Stage On First Night Of First 2020 Debate

Robin Jerstad: Castro / Jorge Salgado: O'Rourke for The Texas Tribune
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (left) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke."


The state's two Democratic presidential candidates will face off on the same debate stage later this month, NBC News announced on Friday.

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will appear on the stage on June 26, the first of two nights of debates hosted by MSNBC in Miami.

They will face off with eight other Democratic candidates: U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Tim Ryan of Ohio; and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland; New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The second heat of Democratic candidates will feature former Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigeig; U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

The Democratic National Committee required candidates to meet a polling and fundraising threshold in order to limit the number of candidates appearing on stage. The groupings were determined by a drawing at NBC headquarters in New York City.

The Texas Tribune provided this story.

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