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Gabbard Victimized by DNC’s Dubious Debate Criteria

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By Michael Tracey | 21 August 2019

REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate on the basis of criteria that appear increasingly absurd.

Take, for instance, her poll standing in New Hampshire, which currently places Gabbard at 3.3% support, according to the RealClearPolitics average as of Aug. 20. One might suspect that such a figure would merit inclusion in the upcoming debates — especially considering she’s ahead of several candidates who have already been granted entry, including Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang. But the Democratic National Committee has decreed that the polls constituting this average are not sufficiently “qualifying.”

What makes a poll “qualifying” in the eyes of the DNC? The answer is conspicuously inscrutable. Months ago, party chieftains issued a list of “approved sponsoring organizations/institutions” for polls that satisfy their criteria for debate admittance. Not appearing on that list is the Boston Globe, which sponsored a Suffolk University poll published Aug. 6 that placed Gabbard at 3%. The DNC had proclaimed that for admittance to the September and October debates, candidates must secure polling results of 2% or more in four separate “approved” polls — but a poll sponsored by the newspaper with the largest circulation in New Hampshire (the Globe recently surpassed the New Hampshire Union Leader there) does not count, per this cockamamie criteria. There has not been an officially qualifying poll in New Hampshire, Gabbard’s best state, in over a month. […]

2 Comments on Gabbard Victimized by DNC’s Dubious Debate Criteria

  1. Democrats would rather lose than make any changes and keep those Benjamins rolling in. That’s why they are making our choice for us, by making Tricky Joe and Warren front runners. It’s a game and the cards are stacked against the People. If the people fall for it as they always do. They have only themselves to blame. We will have more Wars, and who are they good for? Halliburton, Boeing Raytheon, Support Our Brave CEO’s and Don’t Question Wars. Who ever control the Media Control Your Mind. People should make this backfire and take back our government.

  2. When the F*ck are people going to realize that NEITHER political party will ever let a true “America Firster” anywhere near the nomination for the presidency?

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