CNN to Host LGBTQ Democratic Presidential Town Hall

Event follows CNN climate town hall that lagged in ratings

Governor of California Gavin Newsom, Getty Images
September 5, 2019

CNN and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation have partnered to host the next Democratic presidential town hall, focused on LGBTQ issues.

CNN host Don Lemon made the announcement after the seven-hour Democratic presidential climate town hall on Wednesday. 

"CNN is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our next series of presidential town halls on issues that are important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community," Lemon told viewers. 

CNN's ratings remained behind competing news networks during Wednesday's highly promoted climate town hall, averaging 1.4 million viewers. MSNBC averaged 2.2 million and Fox News averaged 3.2 million viewers during the same hours. 

The LGBTQ town hall is scheduled to take place at The Novo in Los Angeles on October 10. The candidates will appear consecutively, taking questions from the audience as well as CNN journalists. 

Candidates must qualify for the October Democratic presidential debate to participate in the town hall. Candidates must reach at least 2 percent in four DNC-approved national polls and meet the threshold of 130,000 unique donors. The polls considered will be those released between June 28 and September 25. 

Candidates planning to participate to date are former vice president Joe Biden, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, former HUD secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).