Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Tom Steyer didn’t make the cut for the September debates to be held this week in Houston, but hey, that’s okay. He claims to have met the financial and polling numbers required to be part of the debate in October, where he’ll most likely share the stage with the Democratic front runners for the first time.
The 62-year-old former hedge fund manager from San Francisco, who is not well-known beyond political circles, will be one of 11 candidates who has met the Democratic National Committee’s minimum requirements to participate in the Ohio debate on Oct. 15-16.
Steyer campaign manager Heather Hargreaves said:
“It’s now more clear than ever that Tom’s message is resonating with Americans across the country — that it is time to break the corporate stranglehold on Washington and bring democracy back to the American people.”
Steyer launched his self-funded campaign to win the White House in November 2020 on July 9 after saying earlier this year that he would not run and would instead focus on efforts to impeach President Donald Trump. His campaign wants to get corporate money out of U.S. politics.
He has worked for years on climate change and voter engagement and donated about $170 million since 2015 to his independent political action committees, Need to Impeach and NextGen America.
During the 2017-2018 election cycle, he was the second-largest donor to Democratic and liberal candidates and causes, according to the Center for Responsive Politics