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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Democrat Presidential Candidates Call Out DNC Over Debate Qualifications

Multiple Democrat White House hopefuls are slamming the DNC over its qualifying criteria for September’s debates. On Tuesday, Julian Castro, who made the cut last week, reportedly slammed the DNC for not releasing Nevada’s polls before Wednesday’s qualifying deadline. According to Castro, early polls for the Silver State do matter because Nevada is the third state to vote in the primaries behind Iowa and New Hampshire.
Billionaire candidate Tom Steyer has also taken issue with the DNC’s failure to release qualifying polls for Nevada, with his campaign lambasting the party in a statement this past week for allegedly neglecting the state’s polling data.
FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Tom Steyer speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. A handful of struggling Democratic presidential hopefuls are bracing for bad news as the window to qualify for the party’s next debate closes quickly. (AP Photo/John Locher)
During the DNC summer meeting on Friday, Colorado Senator Michael Bennett blasted the rules for supposedly stifling debate among candidates.
“But I gotta be honest and I say it with love, the DNC process is stifling debate at a time when we need it most,” said Bennett. “We’re rewarding celebrity candidates for billions of Twitter followers, billionaires who buy their way on to the debate stage, and candidates who have been running for president for years.”
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign criticized the DNC last week after 26 polls showed her over the two-percent qualifying threshold, however, only two of them were DNC certified polls.
Despite the onslaught of criticism of 2020 Democrats, some candidates say they feel the qualifying criteria are completely fair.
“I’m a little bit biased because I made it into the fall debates, so I think the rules are fine,” said Democrat candidate Andrew Yang. “I will say I think the rules have been out there for us all to see for months and that if you were going to complain about the criteria you probably would have complained about it a little bit earlier in the process to make it seem like it’s not purely self-interested.”
Wednesday was the final day for candidates to qualify for the third debate.

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