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debbie wasserman schultz

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) appeared to get a little annoyed with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when he questioned her about the limited number of Democratic presidential debates:

Blitzer: Are you adding any more Democratic presidential debates, or are the limited number you have now, is that set in concrete?

Wasserman Schultz: We have a combination of candidate forums and debates, and we are continuing to add candidate forums to our schedule, and we have our six debates that are scheduled already.

Blitzer: So no more debates but just candidate forums, where individuals are interviewed one-on-one, but there’s no real debate between the candidates, So you’re going to stick with that format. Debbie Wasserman–

Wasserman Schultz: We’re giving them a variety of opportunities to see our candidates while preserving their ability to be out on the campaign trail, so that they can get up close and personal with voters.

Wasserman Schultz has been criticized for the debate schedule by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley—both of whom are challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination—as well as by the DNC vice-chairwoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). They have good reason to criticize her. There have been only two debates—a third will take place tomorrow night—and only one has been on a weeknight. The sole Saturday debate attracted fewer than nine million viewers. Tomorrow night’s debate probably won’t be much better, coming during the Christmas season and airing on Saturday evening—a vast TV wasteland except during college football and basketball season.

The DNC may want to protect Hillary, but as The New York Times’ Frank Bruni wrote, the limited debate schedule “smacks of special treatment” for Clinton and leaves her vulnerable to being seen by voters as  “political royalty,” and not in touch with everyday Americans.

That attitude might doom her candidacy, as voters are expressing a disdain for political insiders. And when it comes to political insiders, there is none bigger in either party’s race for the White House than Hillary Clinton.

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  • Alex

    We all knew the Democratic establishment was going to and has been saboteurs of Bernie’s anti-establishment message. Now they have gone too far. Bernie supporters must fight back and show them that without fair treatment of Bernie Sanders immediately and more debates scheduled on nights other than the lowest watched Saturday night we will never “fall in line” and vote Hillary Clinton. We stay home. ?#?notfallinginline?

  • Charles Taylor

    “While preserving their ability to be out on the campaign trail so that they can” raise more money for the DNC.

  • magicusa

    Dick Brooks ·
    Lackawanna College
    Because of holding back his own list and having only six debates on unfair nights to protect fearful Hillary is giving more reason that if Bernie does not win the Primary rounds to write him in for President and Vice President in the
    general election next year. He came to her aid on her illegal email
    server and this is his reward. What is the FBI waiting for. She broke
    the law!!!

  • Teapubliturd Hater

    Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and the DNC are exhibiting the same brand of arrogance and incompetence that the Republicans are so well known for. This profound misstep may well cost the Democrats dearly in the 2016 elections. For a while, I believed the Dems had it all on the right track; as each minute goes by for those who support Dems, thousands are beginning to feel differently. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m just about done with the Democrats, and the entire two-party billionaire protection system.

    Up to today, I was still undecided over which Dem candidate to vote for in the primary. I’d like to thank Wasserman-Shultz and her DNC minions for helping me (and ALL of my freinds, family, and associates that were going to vote Dem) with that decision. At this point, I don’t care if he wants to run as a Communist; Bernie Sanders gets my vote!

  • Another_Netizin

    Just called the DNC and left a note that I won’t support them any more because of their obviously biased actions. I don’t care anymore, I will not be voting for Hillary because of their actions. If Bernie can’t get a fair shake, I’ll help Trump burn it to the fucking ground. And I can’t stand Trump.

  • zxcgaodi

    Absolutely–You are not alone! The Law of Unintended Consequences will bite the Democratic plutocrats in the rear!

  • zxcgaodi

    Amen to that–Count me in. Bernie Sanders or Bust!

  • zxcgaodi

    Amen to that–Count me in. Bernie Sanders or Bust!
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  • alex

    they are all backing hillary & working together (dems in office , the wh & the media left) to do whatever they have to to get hillary elected. sanders is just a prop.

  • Steven Barrett

    I can’t wait to see the looks on Wasserman-Schultz’ face when Bernie takes just one of the big Quinella states, Iowa and NH. Remember, NH has long been the Clinton “firewall state” and if Clinton can’t beat Bernie in a regular election-setting, vs. an in-house party caucus wheeler-dealer environment, by all rights, her campaign should be looking for help from “old n’ wise party hands.” By then it’ll be too late. And deservedly so.

  • Steven Barrett

    Biased party chairmen or chairwomen, chair persons, human furniture … whatever … this is old news. What’s “newsy” is the extent to which the DNC is wiling to actually let its fortunes rest on the cushion of a person with the sensitivity and IQ of mere wood, fabric and some glue n’ tacks to keep it all together.
    I used to have more admiration for Wasserman-Schultz for her brave battle against cancer all the while sticking to her duties as a Member of Congress. All those who have a good idea of what it takes to make sure a Members’ constituents needs are attended to upon receiving their calls or letters, meeting them during meetings, getting called out at strange hours to provide emergency federal assistance during natural disasters, etc., and caring for the emotional and psychic wounds of the parents and spouses of those seriously wounded and or, tragically, lost in battle … knows the demands of being a MC for any district is a tough and demanding job, be it in urbanized south east Florida or long and mountainous Vermont.
    She lost my respect for the way she went all out to put the screws to Bernie Sanders’ campaign knowing full well that while yes, he is a Democratic Socialist, and joined the party late in life, he did so in order to make damn sure it would not lose another election in the same manner Ralph Nader, another liberal, helped to lose for Al Gore and help put our worst war president ever in office. No matter who wins the Democratic Party’s nomination this summer, if the Democrats win in the Fall, she should be kissing Bernie Sanders’ rear from the Palm Beach Breakers Hotel all the way up to St. Albans, Vt.