Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi of MSNBC will moderate a Climate Forum on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th.  All presidential candidates are invited to participate in this Forum which is hosted by MSNBC, Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, and Our Daily Planet.  As of September 13th, the following candidates have accepted:  Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williams, Andrew Yang, and GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld.  This forum will consist of one-on-one interviews.  The entire forum will begin each day at 3 pm and live-streamed at https://www.nbcnews.com/now.

In addition, during Chris Hayes daily MSNBC show (5 pm PDT) All In with Chris Hayes, highlights from that day's interviews will be featured on September 19th and September 20th. 

We will add any other candidates who confirm attendance. Stay informed.

It has been announced that the next Democratic Presidential Candidate Debates will be on October 15th and 16th, and held at Otterbein University in Ohio. CNN and the NY Times are co-hosts, and moderators will be Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett of CNN, and NY Times National Editor, Marc Lacey.  As of September 13th, the ten candidates that were on the debate stage last night are qualified for the October debates as is Tom Steyer who recently qualified. Others may still be added. This debate will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Be prepared to set your DVR!

In anticipation of the June 26-27 2019 Democratic candidate debates, the Santa Rosa Democratic Club is highlighting a different batch of candidates each week. These candidates are in no particular order, so if your favorite is not below just check back the following week.

Former Governor, John Hickenlooper of Colorado

John Hickenlooper

Website: hickenlooper.com

Quote: "Let's face it: the War on Drugs was a disaster. It may be well intentioned... but it sent millions of kids to prison, gave them felonies oftentimes when they had no violent crimes."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: In the wake of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured, Hickenlooper’s state government passed background checks and magazine capacity limits.

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Pod Save America - John Hickenlooper on brewing beer and winning purple states

Political positions: Ballotpedia - John Hickenlooper


Author, Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson

Website: marianne2020.com

Quote: "In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: Called for $100 billion in reparations for black people, distributed over 10 years. (Scholars have estimated a fair value for reparations at between $6 and $14 trillion.)

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Pod Save America - Marianne Williamson on big truths and moral outrage

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Marianne Williamson


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York

Kirsten Gillibrand

Website: 2020.kirstengillibrand.com

Quote: "America is the only high income nation without a paid family leave program. This means that if you or a family member gets sick, there is no guarantee that you can take the time you need to take care of yourself or your loved one, leaving already vulnerable families in the position of making hard decisions in cases of illness."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: Universal paid family leave, publicly funded elections, and improving gender and racial equality.

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Pod Save America - Kirsten Gillibrand on Medicare for All and Speaking Truths

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Kirsten Gillibrand


Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii - 2nd District

tulsi gabbard

Website: tulsi2020.com

Quote: "We need to stop judging individuals based on their race, profession, gender, religion, or anything other than their own individual behavior and character."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: NO - Has not yet pledged to a constructive primary & beating Trump

Signature Policy: An Iraq war vet, 37, Gabbard is the first Hindu to serve in the House of Representatives. Gabbard has staked her campaign in opposition to wars of regime change. She visited Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2017 on a secret “fact-finding” mission and dismissed his opposition — across the board — as terrorists. (Gabbard’s rollout also received an unsettling signal boost from Kremlin-backed English language media networks, RT and Sputnik.)

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Tulsi Gabbard On America's Role In The World

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Tulsi Gabbard

More to come next week!

In anticipation of the June 26-27 2019 Democratic candidate debates, the Santa Rosa Democratic Club is highlighting a different batch of candidates each week. These candidates are in no particular order, so if your favorite is not below just check back the following week.

Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, South Bend, Indiana

Pete Buttigieg

Website: peteforamerica.com

Quote: "The president's promise is to turn back the clock, that we can somehow just go back to the 1950s. It’s just not true. The economy is changing, the pace of change is accelerating, and what we’ve got to do is master those changes in order to make them work for us."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: “The electoral college needs to go.” Pete believes in our democratic republic, but knows that our government has not been nearly democratic or accountable enough. Too many communities have been denied their voice in the political process while our democracy has been captured by special interests and those with the greatest economic power.

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Pod Save America - Pete Buttigieg

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Pete Buttigieg


Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator, Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar

Website: amyklobuchar.com

Quote: "I’m running because I believe we can be a nation governed not by chaos – but by opportunity."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: Reducing the influence of money in politics, automatically registering young people to vote and reinstating climate regulations rolled back by Trump. She also called for “digital rules of the road” to protect Americans online, policies to cut drug prices and a path to universal health care.

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Pod Save America - 2020: Amy Klobuchar

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Amy Klobuchar


Andrew Yang, Tech Executive and founder of Venture For America

Andrew Yang

Website: yang2020.com

Quote: "As a society, we can't hide from the future; we have to build and own it."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: NO - Has not yet pledged to a constructive primary & beating Trump

Signature Policy: The 44-year-old is running on a platform of a universal basic income, to counteract the worst effects of automation in the workforce. Yang spoke at length to Rolling Stone about his “Freedom Dividend,” insisting: “You want to universalize it so it’s seen as a true right of citizenship.”

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Is our economy totally screwed? Andrew Yang and I debate - The Ezra Klein Show

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Andrew Yang


Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

Jay Inslee

Website: jayinslee.com

Quote: "We’re the first generation to feel the sting of Climate Change and we are the last generation that can do something about it."

Took the Indivisible 2020 Candidate Pledge: YES (constructive primary & beat Trump)

Signature Policy: Fighting climate change. Inslee’s track record includes creating a $120 million clean-energy fund, directing his state government to set new caps on emissions (now being challenged in court) and launching the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of 22 governors implementing the Paris climate accord.

Audio clip:

Listen to a Full Interview: Jay Inslee on climate change and beating Donald Trump - Pod Save America

Political positions: Ballotpedia - Andrew Yang

More to come next week!