DNC Vice Chair Gabbard: "Egregious" For Party To Punish Candidates For Participating In Non-DNC Debates


DNC vice chair Tulsi Gabbard explains her position on the "exclusivity clause" written into the debate rules this year, which would punish candidates who participate in non-official debates (a completely new rule).

Last week, Democratic Party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied uninviting her to the first DNC debate for speaking her mind about wanting more debates.

REP. TULSI GABBARD: I do think that there should be more debates, but I think the most egregious position that the DNC has put in place with regards to presidential debates is this exclusivity clause, never put in place by the dnc before during a presidential election, that basically says our presidential candidates are going to be punished if they go and participate in a so-called non-sanctioned DNC debate. If there is a group or a community that wants to put together a presidential debate that if they participate in that, then they'll no longer be able to join these six sanctioned DNC debates. So, look, people are hungry. They want to be involved, they want to be engaged, they want to hear where candidates stand on issues that are important to them. I just think that this process should be as open as transparent and as democratic as possible.

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