Tulsi Double-Dare Qualifies and Hits 2% in National Poll for First Time
There are rules, you see. Many, many rules. So speaketh the DNC.
In order to get a spot in the first two televised national Democratic debates, you must reach at least one of two goals. 1) Get 65,000 unique donors to your campaign; or 2) score at least 1% or more in three separate polls in a nationwide or Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina poll from a predetermined slate of poll takers.
And, there can only be 20 total candidates (that's another rule).
But, with creepy uncle Joe entering the race there are now 21 official candidates on the Democratic side--and probably a couple more on the way. What happens if more than 20 candidates make one of the two goals above? Well, then you need to have BOTH goals to qualify for the debates. That will cut out a number of lesser candidates. Not all 21 candidates have met at least one of the goals (e.g., Mike Gravel).
Well Tulsi now has BOTH of those goals under her belt! Today CNN released a poll that puts her at 2% nationwide (poll of 1,007 people) her highest national poll yet. Previously, when the same poll was conducted in mid-March, she didn't even rate a percentage (she possibly got zero votes, compared to the 20 or so she received this time):
She also received 1.17% in a Suffolk University/Boston Globe New Hampshire poll today as well, which also counts:
She previously had 1% in a national Monmouth University poll and 1% in a University of New Hampshire poll, which both qualify for the poll goal. So, as of today, she has made her debate appearance even more sure.
As Tulsi gains more notice, she continues to commit herself to public service, even during her campaigning. A couple days ago, she helped out with Iowa's flood recovery, getting her hands dirty (she's pretty agressive at breaking down walls!):
Very early on in her campaign someone asked her if she would tear down The Wall that Trump was building between the USA and Mexico if she became president. Her answer was "With my own hands". After seeing the video above, I'm starting to believe it.