Come see us, Dems

Well, 10 Democratic presidential candidates met all the criteria necessary to qualify for the next debate, which means the rest of them did not.

The 10 candidates who qualified for September’s debate are:

• Joe Biden of Delaware

• Cory Booker of New Jersey

• Pete Buttigieg of Indiana

• Julián Castro of Texas

• Kamala Harris of California

• Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

• Beto O’Rourke of Texas

• Bernie Sanders of Vermont

• Elizabeth Warren of Mass.

• Andrew Yang of New York

As of this writing, at least nine of the candidates who did not make it to the next round have declined to drop out of the race.

“While I’m disappointed that I won’t be on the debate stage in Houston this month, I’m excited by all the support you’ve shown us,” California billionaire Tom Steyer tweeted to supporters after learning he failed to qualify.

“While these national platforms are helpful, our campaign is focused on the old school tactics like taking our message directly to the voters and caucus-goers in the communities of the early states,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said.

“I remain committed to the campaign for one simple reason: someone has to be consistently telling the truth and in doing so, telling a better story about the future we can share together,” former Maryland Congressman John Delaney said.

“There are over 150 days before voters express their preference in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s those voters in early states and across the country who will decide this election,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock added.

Our door here at 110 Main St. in downtown Nashua remains open to any and all of these presidential candidates, regardless of whether they qualified for the next debate. We promise them a fair, but thorough, interview.

Here are some of our sample questions:

1. What is your plan for finally ending American military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. These have been going on for close to 20 years now.

2. Two Democratic presidential candidates have told The Telegraph they are concerned that automation is going to further reduce the need for human workers, therefore, making it more difficult for people to find jobs. One example they cited was self-driving delivery trucks.

Is this a concern you share? If so, what can be done about it?

3. Given the number and severity of the problems our nation faces, why do you want to be president?