Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) took to Fox and Friends to voice her frustrations against the Democratic National Committee, as she did not qualify for the next debate in September.
Gabbard reached the fundraising threshold but did not meet the two qualifying polling minimum set by the DNC.
“Frankly, the DNC has not provided any transparency to voters about how they’re making these decisions,” Gabbard said.
The DNC requires that candidates must have approved polls conducted by an “approved” pollster between June 28 and August 28. The polls must be conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, or be conducted nationally. In addition, each candidate must gain 2 percent support in four or more pollsters.
Vox’s last piece on Gabbard only highlighted that she did not make the September debate stage and listed those who did. Vox only commented on the DNC’s “imposed polling requirement” and did not go into detail as to which polls are approved by the committee, or report on Gabbard believing there is a lack of transparency at the committee.
“People deserve having that transparency, because, ultimately, it’s the people who will decide who our Democratic nominee will be and ultimately who our next president, commander-in-chief will be,” Gabbard said.
“And when you see that lack of transparency, it creates, you know, a lack of faith and trust in the process. I think this also points to a bigger issue and challenge that goes beyond the DNC and party politics is the government itself,” Gabbard said.
The ten candidates made the September 12 debate stage are the following:
The lineup and podium order of the third Democratic debate are set.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2019