27 January, 2016

Tell the DNC to sanction the Feb. 4th Debate in New Hampshire!

The New Hampshire Union Leader, the leading newspaper in the state, has heeded a call from its readers who want to learn more about the Democratic candidates who are running for President this year.

They announced that they will uphold a longstanding tradition and host a debate on February 4th, five days before voters in the Granite State are to go to the polls in the nation's second primary election, and have invited the three remaining Democratic candidates to participate in the debate.

The New Hampshire Union Leader has selected MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to moderate the debate.

The Union Leader advises that Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton have agreed to appear in the debate. Bernie Sanders, however, held off on agreeing to participate pending action by the DNC to sanction it. According to DNC rules this election cycle, any candidate participating in a non-sanctioned debate (of which there are only six--a cause of much consternation among some of the candidates and their supporters in the Democratic base) will be barred from participating in all future DNC-sanctioned debates.

DWS stated that she's open to reviewing the debate schedule with the campaigns after the first two primary elections. Sanders stated that he will participate in the Feb. 4th debate if the DNC sanctions it.

On January 26th, the DNC issued a statement after learning of the Union Leader's intent to hold the debate, stating that there will be only six debates and that they have no plans to sanction any additional debates.

Thus, we call on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, to sanction the February 4th debate and allow all candidates to participate in it without any reprisals. The debate, unlike the ones the DNC has scheduled, will occur during the prime time viewing hour and not in competition with any other major events.

Call Debbie Wasserman Schultz at 202-225-7931 and 202-863-8000 to demand that she & the DNC sanction the New Hampshire Union Leader debate on February 4th!