As DNC Chairman Wasserman Schultz Closes the Door on More Debates, a Revolt Brews

As DNC Chairman Wasserman Schultz Closes the Door on More Debates, a Revolt Brews

Looks like there’s more strife in the Democratic Party camp. DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is sticking to her guns on limiting the Democratic debates to six. She’s making the candidates sign an “exclusivity clause,” saying that if they participate in outside debates, they can’t take part in the major face-offs. This contrasts with 2008, where the DNC had six major debates, but allowed outside debates as well. There were almost two dozen of them. Martin O’Malley is screaming that the whole thing is rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor and he has a point. Bernie Sanders is also decrying the move as being unacceptable. Now, two DNC vice chairs have spoken up against the Debster’s stance and the cat fur is about to fly. Good times.

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From The Hill:

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is closing the door on adding more Democratic presidential debates, and said a controversial clause penalizing candidates for participating in unsanctioned debates would stand.

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Speaking at a breakfast with reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Wasserman Schultz, who has been under fire by Democratic presidential candidates and some within the DNC, said the debate schedule was final and there would be no changes.

“We’re not changing the process. We’re having six debates,” she said. “The candidates will be uninvited from subsequent debates if they accept an invitation to anything outside of the six sanctioned debates.”

In recent weeks, pressure has been building on the DNC to grow the debate schedule. The national party has sanctioned six debates, a dramatic cutback from 2008, when there were about two-dozen.

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has been railing against the national party, calling the debate process “rigged” and claiming that the DNC was “facilitating a coronation” for frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

O’Malley’s lawyer has challenged the legality of the DNC’s “exclusivity clause,” which states that any candidate who participates in an unsanctioned debate will be barred from attending future sanctioned debates.

He is urging his supporters to rally outside DNC headquarters next week along with an outside group called #AllowDebate that has the same aim.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also argued that the party needs to hold more debates, as have prominent party officials and activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Late Wednesday, two DNC officers publicly rebuked the national party’s debate schedule.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, both of whom are DNC vice-chairs, wrote a joint Facebook post urging the national party to add more debates and to drop the threat of exclusion for candidates that participate in unsanctioned debates.

Wasserman Schultz on Thursday said she consulted with past chairmen and current DNC vice-chairs before settling on the number of debates.

She defended the schedule, saying six debates offered plenty of opportunity for the candidates to distinguish themselves, and that too many debates would be a burden on the candidates, pulling them off the campaign trail and eating up valuable resources and time.

Regarding the exclusivity clause, Wasserman Schultz said it was to ensure the “debate process doesn’t get out of control,” citing 2008, when the party sanctioned six debates but the candidates participated in about two dozen.

“If you don’t have the national party put a reasonable number of debates on the schedule and insist that the number is adhered to, it starts to spiral out of control and the entire contest becomes built around the debate schedule,” she said.

Wow… the fascists on both sides of the political aisle are rearing their ugly mugs, aren’t they? You’ve got the Republicans requiring a loyalty pledge to keep a third party run in check and now you have the DNC with their exclusivity clause. Things are getting very sordid, very fast and the drama is building. It’s obvious with all the scandals floating around Hillary, she does not want to debate any more than she has to. Bernie Sanders is beating her in turnouts hands down these days. And if Biden gets in, well… Hillary can take her time trying to stay out of prison. Either way, O’Malley has zero chance of winning. But he’s right when he says the fix is in for the Hildabeast. Both parties are trying to rig the nomination process and it is corrupt politics on display for everyone to see.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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