DNC Vice Chair Slams Party And Debbie Wasserman-Schultz For Lack of Debates
Democratic National Committee vice Chair Rep. Tulsi Gabbard a congress woman from Hawaii, was disinvited from the Democrat debate this week because she called out party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Ms. Gabbard strongly criticized her party and the DNC leadership on CNN for limited numbers of debates for the democratic nomination.
During the interview with Wolf Blitzer Ms. Gabbard said "The issue here is not about me saying boohoo I'm going to miss the party," She went on to say "The issue here is one of democracy, of freedom of speech, and defending that for which so many have sacrificed and given their lives for."
She makes it clear to Wolf Blitzer that kicking her out of the debate for having asked for more debate was Debbie Wasserman Schultz's doing, but says that personalities are not what this about. She reiterated:
"The thing that I'd really like to focus on though is not one of personalities; it really is one of the issues at stake here, which is about democracy. It's about how our democratic party should actually represent democratic values."
Rep. Wasserman-Shultz instituted the rule barring any candidate seeking the Democratic nomination from participating in any debates not sanctioned by the DNC. Many believe that Wasserman-Shultz is simply trying to protect Hillary Clinton from being hurt. 8 years ago democratic candidates participated in over 20 debates and many believe the reason Clinton lost to Barack Obama was due in large part to the number of the debates that raised the national profile of an upstart junior senator.
The first DNC debate will air tonight on CNN at 8PM live from Las Vegas Nevada and will feature Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chaffey, Martin O’Malley and Jim Web. CNN has also invited Vice President Joe Biden who as of today has not decided if he will seek the oval.