DNC said Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that the concise debate schedule will offer plenty of time to help Democrats select a candidate, and start tearing at Republican rivals. Another rival, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, complained that the debate process would restrict candidates’ voices.
Clinton’s campaign has lent public support to the six-debate schedule. We expect that there will be a broad opportunity for voters on the Democratic side to hear the different viewpoints of our candidates.
The Democratic Campaign Committee did not return a request for comment on Friday. Now, the Democratic National Committee has finally announced the debate schedule for the 2016 primary season. In fact, it might be preferable if she doesn’t.
Shortened debate calendars often benefit front-runners by keeping their opponents out of the limelight and minimizing their chances to confront those in the lead, so the DNC’s plan could give Clinton a bump.
The Democrats are hosting about half of the 11 debates that the Republicans now plan to hold throughout the primary process. Google reported that she was the most-searched candidate, and she also saw a surge of interest on Twitter. The first four debates focus on the four traditional early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
“With six debates scheduled – at a pace of roughly one per month – voters will have ample opportunities to hear our candidates discuss their visions for our country’s future”, Wasserman Schultz wrote Thursday in a post on Medium.
Each Sanders and O’Malley are pushing for extra official boards to problem Clinton, the front-runner.
“The DNC just released their debate schedule, and it is one of the slimmest that I have ever seen”. Jim Webb, quite simply said this when asked for reaction about the debates: “We’ll be there”.
“Governor Chafee is looking forward to the debates!” said spokeswoman Jennifer Rich, when contacted by Foxnews.com.
Another reader pointed out that the 2008 presidential election contained 26 Democrat debates. As early as May, Sanders sent a letter to Schultz criticizing an early template of the debate process, which stated that there would only be six debates.
“Look at it from their point of view – they’re struggling for name recognition and identity with the voters”.
Responding to Thursday’s uproar, the DNC’s Shulman said the party is “thrilled the candidates are so eager to participate in our debates”. That might be the DNC’s line of thinking.