Democrats set 2016 debate schedule

Democrats set 2016 debate schedule 

Posted: 12:20 pm Thursday, August 6th, 2015

By Jamie Dupree

As Republicans were gathering in Cleveland for their first debate of the 2016 race, national Democrats set out their own schedule for six debates over six months, setting the first for mid October in the early voting state of Nevada.

“With six debates scheduled – at a pace of roughly one per month – voters will have ample opportunities to hear our candidates discuss their visions for our country’s future,” the DNC proclaimed in a news release.

But, not everyone was satisfied with that schedule.

“Are you kidding me?” read the email from the campaign of Martin O’Malley, who has been publicly urging multiple debates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“What they’re proposing does not give you, the voters, ample opportunity to hear from the Democratic candidates for President,” complained Bill Hyers a senior strategist for O’Malley.

Also not pleased with the schedule was Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“I am disappointed, but not surprised,” Sanders said in a statement.

“I think it’s imperative that we have as many debates as possible — certainly more than six.”