Originally published at: THE PITY PARTY: Desperate Democrats Say Debate Rules ‘UNFAIR’ for Some Candidates | Sean Hannity
Here come the sore losers. The inevitable narrowing of the Democratic field has begun, with 10 candidates set to take the stage at Texas Southern University on September 12. Those that didn’t make, have begun to cry foul; even discussing taking formal action against the DNC.
“There’s a high likelihood that candidates will band together to make a clear statement to the DNC that these rules are unfair,” according to Dan Sena, a consultant who led the House Democratic campaign committee in 2018. “That could manifest itself into putting a ton of pressure on the DNC — talking to donors, influencers, and building a case against the process.”
Many candidates view being seen in the debates as essential to keeping their campaigns alive. Missing the opportunity for a campaign-changing soundbite, a bump in the polls, attracting more donors – it could be a death knell for their candidacy.
In recent months, DNC Chairman Tom Perez has been forced to defend the process, explaining the reasoning behind the rules
“We’ve said this all along, that in the fall we’re going to raise the threshold because that’s what we always do. You have to demonstrate that you’re making progress. And 2% is hardly a high bar in my judgment,” Perez said on CNN in June. “You can’t win the presidency in the modern era if you can’t build relationships with the grassroots.”
Currently, the candidates that have qualified for the 3rd debate: Former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Businessman Andrew Yang
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaire Tom Steyer and author Marianne Williamson have reached their fundraising threshold, but have failed to reach their polling requirements.
The remaining candidates haven’t reached 2% in any qualifying polls.
Read the full report at Politico.