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.
- Ben Doernberg & AllowDebate.com
- The official website of the Democratic National Committee
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) on Twitter
- DWS gets heckled in New Hampshire
- Jake Tapper interviews DWS on CNN
- Martin O’Malley fumes about the debate schedule at the DNC’s Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 28, 2015)
- The Democratic debate schedule
- Alan Schroeder, professor of journalism at Northeastern University
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a vice chairwoman at the DNC, is disinvited by the DNC from the debate in Las Vegas.
- Jonathan Mann makes a musical appeal to DWS — and to you! (You gotta see the video.)
- Sound beds: Keep Dancing; Massive; and Orange Juicier, by Podington Bear