On Aug. 6, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the presidential primary debate schedule. She said there would be only six Democratic debates, with four of them occurring before the earliest states submit their votes for the nominee.
By the time the Democratic Party has its first debate on Oct. 13, the Republicans will have already had three, keeping America’s attention on them. If the DNC wants to prevent having a huge disadvantage in coverage and exposure, they should allow more debates.
In the 2008 election cycle, news organizations were allowed to host their own. Networks such as MSNBC, CNN, and NPR hosted a total of 26 debates. In contrast, this cycle’s Democratic candidates must abide by a new exclusivity clause that bans them from taking part in any unsanctioned debate.
This could cost the Democratic Party the next presidential election. While Donald Trump increasingly becomes a household name and a serious contender, Hillary Clinton’s leading primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, remains unknown by a large percentage of Americans.
Wasserman Schultz continues to refuse to compromise on the debate schedule, despite protests at the Iowa State Fair and candidate Martin O’Malley’s DNC Summer Meeting speech in which he called out the “rigged” debate schedule. Democrats need to make their voices heard by letting the DNC know that they will not stand for the new limited debate schedule. If she refuses to serve the best interest of the party, Wasserman Shultz should be removed from her position.