Martin O’Malley’s plans for organizing debate outside the established six-debate framework that the Democratic National Committee announced, is a move that flouts party rules and would risk excluding the former governor of Maryland from the sanctioned debuts.
O’Malley, who is trying hard to gain traction in his campaign against Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party, has called for some time to have more debates, which would give him additional airtime on a stage in front of the nation.
The DNC however has called for just six debates and has threatened to exclude candidates who take part in debates outside that six-debate framework.
The rule by the DNC walks over everything important in the democratic process said the Iowa state director for O’Malley, Jake Oeth. He added that we welcome anyone willing to participate and we hope we are able to engage in an open conversation with anyone.
Oeth mentioned that O’Malley campaign staff wad discussing with other presidential campaigns in the Democratic Party about possibly expanding the debate count.
A spokesperson for the Bernie Sanders campaign did not comment when the question was asked about having discussions with campaign staff from the O’Malley campaign.
There were over 20 debates held during the 2008 Democratic primary and 15 during 2004, including debates that had not been sanctioned by the DNC.
The O’Malley campaign of late has become very vocal about opposing the debate schedule setup by the DNC, which was formally announced on Thursday.
Months ago, the DNC said there would only be 6 debates and that the candidates were allowed to only participate in the six if they abided by the framework setup by the DNC.
With fewer overall debates, those challenging Clinton for the nomination of the party receive fewer opportunities to appear with her on a national stage, limiting the debate count has been seen as largely favoring Clinton.
This week in Iowa, O’Malley said the DNC was attempting to pre-ordain the final outcome and circle the wagons in favor of Mrs. Clinton.
The DNC said a political strategist for O’Malley has no place in making the determination of how many times U.S. voters in the early states can hear from candidates.