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The Democratic National Committee has imposed new debate requirements for candidates that could make it harder for minority candidates to compete. The rules essentially help the Democratic party’s “older, more established” gatekeepers.

“Campaigns like Kirsten Gillibrand have not qualified for the debate and pushing back against the DNS,” a Democratic campaign senior operative, who wished to remain anonymous, told Accuracy in Media on Thursday.

The party is hoping that after the debate a couple of candidates will drop, easing the process for top contenders.

In a statement, Sayu Bhojwani, founder of the nonpartisan organization, New American Leaders, said, “The DNC’s new rules, coming so early in the cycle, will amplify the harm done to diverse candidates by a political elite – from pollsters to talking heads – dominated by white male gatekeepers.”

So far 11 candidates (out of 24) have qualified for the first debate through donations and polling, however, the DNC will not announce who has made first debate roster until June.

The DNC also announced Wednesday that it will double the requirements to enter the debate in September.

What does it take to qualify as a 2020 Democrat? In order to qualify candidates must get at least 1 percent of the vote in three early primary state polls, or receive 65,000 unique donors in at least 20 states.


Even with the chaos of the DNC, there is one candidate who is acting as if he is in a two man race: Joe Biden. Biden has completely ignored the other 23 Democratic candidates and has been hyper-focused on President Donald Trump.

On Monday Trump was abroad in Japan and agreed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s description of Biden as a “low-IQ individual.”

Biden’s campaign was quick with a response and called the comments, “beneath the dignity of the office.”

On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a tweet on Biden’s support for NAFTA hurting American workers.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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