At least one Democrat candidate for president is accusing party bosses of rigging the Democrat debate schedule to favor Hillary Clinton, thereby rigging the nomination for the one-time Secretary of State.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is incensed that the Democrat Party is only scheduling four debates.
“Four debates and only four debates–we are told, not asked–before voters in our earliest states make their decision,” O’Malley said at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) summer meeting on Friday.
“This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before,” O’Malley continued. “One debate in Iowa. That’s it. One debate in New Hampshire. That’s all we can afford.”
The Hill reports that the tension between O’Malley and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was thick.
O’Malley also noted that limiting debates tends to let the Republicans better control the national debate.
“Think about it,” he said Friday. “The Republicans stand before the nation, they malign our President’s record of achievements, they denigrate women and immigrant families, they double down on trickle-down, and tell their false story. And we respond with crickets, tumbleweeds and a cynical move to delay and limit our own party debates.”
“Is this how the Democratic Party selects its nominee, or are we becoming something else, something less?” O’Malley charged.
This isn’t the first time that O’Malley has blasted the DNC for trying to engineer a Hillary coronation for 2016.
Earlier this month O’Malley said that the Democrat Party was being “undemocratic” with its actions.
“There’s an effort by a few insiders to try to limit the number of debates that we have and I’ve shared with the chair–Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz that I think that’s a grave mistake and I think it’s undemocratic,” O’Malley said in the first week of August.
“It’s all about trying to pre-ordain the outcome, circle the wagons and close off debate,” O’Malley charged.
“Of all the years we should be having a debate–this is the year they want to exercise their control and try to make the presidential debate some sort of exclusive where we’re only allowed to have a handful of them. We had already had six of them, I think by this time last time around,” the Gov. O’Malley added.
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