Wednesday was the deadline for Democratic candidates to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates on June 26 and 27 in Miami.

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday to explain how candidates qualify for these debates.

According to Beam, a candidate must get 1 percent or better in three national polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee, or receive 65,000 donations from people in 20 states with a minimum of at least 200 discrete donations from each state.

At this time, all the candidates but Steve Bullock, Mike Gravel, and Seth Moulton have qualified. Beam was baffled by how relatively obscure candidates like Ohio Representative Tim Ryan were able to qualify.

"Tim Ryan has qualified. Who the bleep is Tim Ryan," Beam said.

Beam joined Boston Public Radio to give his famous explainer and more.