Bullock joins second 2020 Democratic debate, rest of candidates the same

Reuters | July 18, 2019

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana will be the only new face on stage for the second round of Democratic presidential debates later this month in Detroit, the Democratic National Committee said on Wednesday. Bullock will replace U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the 2020 White House race earlier this month. The other 19 candidates will be the same as the participants in the first round of Democratic debates last month in Miami.

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In 2014 there were 18.6 million families in the UK. Of these, 12.5 million were married couple families. This is the most common family type in the UK. Cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. This is the fastest growing type of family in the UK.  In 2014 there were 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK. Women accounted for 91% of lone parents with dependent children.  There were 26.7 million households in the UK in 2014. 28% of these contained only one person.  Households containing two or more families were the fastest growing household type in the decade to 2014, increasing by 56% to 313,000 households.

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In 2014 there were 18.6 million families in the UK. Of these, 12.5 million were married couple families. This is the most common family type in the UK. Cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. This is the fastest growing type of family in the UK.  In 2014 there were 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK. Women accounted for 91% of lone parents with dependent children.  There were 26.7 million households in the UK in 2014. 28% of these contained only one person.  Households containing two or more families were the fastest growing household type in the decade to 2014, increasing by 56% to 313,000 households.

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