Infighting has started among the Democrats…
As the date for qualifying for the next Democratic discussion in September is approaching, some applicants are complaining about the rules of the DNC.
The bar that the DNC has set up for candidates to make it to the Houston debate stage involves 130,000 distinctive personal contributors and receiving two percent assistance in four polls that the commission considered “qualifying.”
“The DNC’s process is stifling debate at a time when we need it most,” Sen. Michael Bennet said.
“These DNC debate rules have turned this primary into the ‘The Hunger Games’ — each step of this seems to be all about getting donors,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock said.
Billionaire Tom Steyer, who is just one poll short of qualifying, also is criticizing the DNC’s requirements:
Steyer’s campaign on Friday called on the DNC “to expand their polling criteria to include more qualifying polling, including at least one poll in Nevada before the deadline next week. As a party, we want to ensure the will of the voters is respected.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard needs two more polls to make it to the debate stage. Her campaign has asked the DNC to “revise their list of debate qualifying polls in light of numerous irregularities in the selection and timing of those polls, to ensure transparency and fairness.”
Gabbard’s campaign said that in 26 polls, the candidate got two percent assistance, but only two make the DNC grade.
The ten candidates who will be on the debate stage are Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro; Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker; Beto O’Rourke, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Yang said, “I’m a little bit biased because I’m making the fall debates so I think the rules are fine…I think the DNC has been very fair and open and transparent.”
2020 Watch-New: On the criticism of @TheDemocrats #DemDebates polling criteria, @AndrewYang tells @foxnewspolitics “I’m a little bit biased because I’m making the fall debates so I think the rules are fine” ADDS “the rules have been out there for us all to see for months.” #FITN pic.twitter.com/MbOWKWqrh8
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) August 26, 2019
“The rules have been out there for us all to see for months and if you were going to complain about the criteria, you would probably want to complain about it a little bit earlier in the process to make it seem like it’s not purely self-interested.”