What was once an over-crowded roster of DNC presidential candidates has suddenly thinned out just before the December debate next week. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has chosen to meet with voters on the ground instead of attending the next debate. Additionally, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) unexpectedly dropped out of the 2020 race, even though she had qualified for December’s debate.
Now, two additional candidates may choose to skip out on this month’s debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may attend a labor strike instead of enjoying a presence at the debate podium.
The next debate is being held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, which is currently under threat by the labor union UNITE HERE Local 11. It represents 150 cooks, dishwashers, cashiers and servers at the university. The labor union has yet to resolve negotiations with Sodexo, a global services corporation that’s being subcontracted by the university.
UNITE HERE members began their picketing earlier than anticipated. Sanders is no stranger to picket lines as he’s spent most of his life advocating for civil rights. His presence with Warren on the frontline of a worker’s rights movement may do more to bolster their image among supporters than standing up on yet another debate stage.
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