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Gabbard’s a no-go: DNC’s ‘Hunger Games’ debate criteria leaves bitter taste

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard — who was the most searched-for candidate on Google after both recent debates — is in danger of not making the stage for the third debate.

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The Democratic civil war continues to rage on. This time, the Democratic National Committee is under fire for the criteria it’s using to decide which of the 20 presidential candidates will make the cut for the next primary debate.

The DNC said only candidates who are polling at least 2% in four qualifying polls and who have received contributions from at least 130,000 individual donors will make the debate stage.

However, contenders like Senator Michael Bennet are accusing the DNC of promoting their favored candidates while silencing those they don’t like.

“The DNC’s process is stifling debate at a time when we need it most,” Bennet told Fox News. Bennet is polling at 0% and is not likely to make the next debate.

Similarly, Montana Governor Steve Bullock trashed the DNC, saying its draconian debate rules have “turned this primary into the ‘The Hunger Games.’ Each step of this seems to be all about getting donors.”


(Source: Fox News)

Interestingly, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii — who was the most searched-for candidate on Google after both recent debates — is in danger of not making the stage for the third debate.

Gabbard is two polls shy of qualifying for Debate No. 3. Her campaign has urged the DNC to “revise their list of debate qualifying polls in light of numerous irregularities in the selection and timing of those polls, to ensure transparency and fairness.”

According to Fox News:

The Gabbard campaign also argued that “the DNC has not released their criteria for selecting the 16 polling organizations they deemed ‘certified.’”

The congresswoman’s campaign noted that Gabbard topped “2 percent support in 26 national and early state polls, but only two of them are on the DNC’s ‘certified’ list.”

Gabbard registered at 3 percent in the only live telephone operator conducted poll in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire. That poll was the first to come out since the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates late last month. But the survey – from the Boston Globe and Suffolk University – is not on the DNC’s list of qualifying polls.

The following 10 candidates have qualified to make the stage for the third debate, which is scheduled for September 12-13:

  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kamala Harris
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang (who made the cut) told Fox News that he thinks the DNC’s criteria are fine.

“I’m a little bit biased because I’m making the fall debates so I think the rules are fine,” Yang said. “I think the DNC has been very fair and open and transparent.”

As for his rivals who are whining that the rules are unfair, Yang pointed out that “the rules have been out there for us all to see for months.”

Yang added: “If you were going to complain about the criteria, you would probably want to complain about it a little bit earlier in the process to make it seem like it’s not purely self-interested.”

All this Democratic bickering and whining underscores the tremendous odds that Donald Trump had to overcome when he beat 16 other Republicans in 2016. At the time, the media mocked the GOP field for being so big and unwieldy, but the Democratic field for 2020 is even bigger and more unwieldy.

All the political polls have former Vice President Joe Biden as the frontrunner and Senator Elizabeth Warren trailing closely behind. And all of them also claim that any Democrat could defeat President Trump in a face-to-face match.

However, people who put their money where their mouths are (i.e. – gamblers who make bets)  overwhelmingly believe Trump will win in 2020. According to oddsmakers at US-Bookies.com, Trump will coast to an easy victory — barring some huge catastrophe:

  • Donald Trump: 43%
  • Elizabeth Warren: 16.4%
  • Joe Biden: 15.1%
  • Bernie Sanders: 7%
  • Kamala Harris: 6%
  • Pete Buttigieg: 3.1%
  • Beto O’Rourke: 1.1%

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Samantha Chang

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