Posted: 3:00 pm Monday, September 21st, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
Frustrated at the attention Republicans are getting and their party’s slim schedule of debates for the 2016 race, a group of liberal activist groups joined Monday to publicly call for Democratic Party officials to increase the number of political forums for Democratic candidates in coming months.
“Republicans are hosting a full schedule of debates,” the letter from MoveOn dot Org and other groups says to Democratic Party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“By comparison, due to the lack of Democratic debates, the Democratic candidates seem virtually silent to many Americans. Voters are getting far more exposure to fringe Republican ideas than to Democratic candidates’ proposals,” the letter states.
The demand for more debates has been heard by many Democrats who are worried about the chances of Hillary Rodham Clinton – but so far they have been ignored by Wasserman Schultz and other top party officials.
This is the current Democratic debate schedule:
October 13 – Las Vegas, Nevada
November 14 – Des Moines, Iowa
December 19 – Manchester, New Hampshire
January 17 – Charleston, South Carolina
February-March – Miami, Florida
February-March – Wisconsin
Note that the Iowa debate – which is on a Saturday night – occurs two and a half months before the Iowa Caucus.
And the New Hampshire debate for Democrats – which is on the Saturday night before Christmas – is seven weeks before the New Hampshire Primary.
Compare that to the Republican Party, which has a debate set for Iowa in mid-January, and one in New Hampshire the weekend before that state’s Primary.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.