#7: Cutting Off Debate


This week, the five leading Democratic candidates for president — Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb — will meet on stage for a debate in Las Vegas.

It will be the first of only six scheduled Democratic debates, which is a dramatic decline from primaries past. 

In 2004, for instance, there were 15 Democratic debates. In 2008, there were 26 debates. 

So what’s the difference this time? Why only 6 debates? Because of something called the exclusivity rule — conjured and enforced by the leadership of the Democratic National Committee. 

In this episode, we explore:

  • the blowback to the DNC’s decision to cut off debate;
  • the shifting position of Bernie’s campaign staff on the importance of more debates;
  • how the debates might cast Bernie in an unflattering light, and how he might respond; and
  • the movement to #AllowDebate.   

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