CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls

CNN will host presidential town halls with Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) later this month. 

The town halls will take place Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, CNN announced Friday. 

Both candidates joined the crowded field of 2020 candidates in May but have failed to gain significant traction in polling.

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“If we’re going to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, we need to win back the places we lost — Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania,” Bullock said in a statement about the town hall. “I’m excited to talk about how I’m going to do it. It’s time to get money out of politics and make government work again to ensure a fair shot for every American.”

A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Bullock polling at 0.5 percent and de Blasio polling at 0.3 percent. 

De Blasio appeared in both Democratic debates so far, while Bullock appeared in the more recent debates. Neither candidate has yet qualified for the next month’s debates. 

The network has held 25 town halls with presidential candidates so far this year.

De Blasio and Bullock are among nearly two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. 

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