Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) says being excluded from today’s debate shows that elite “gatekeepers” want to decide who is the party’s nominee.
Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman who was born in New Jersey, has also failed to qualify for the third presidential debate.
Gabbard, who is a bold progressive, and Delaney, a flaming moderate, should square off in their own debate instead of playing by rules apparently designed to make them lose.
“The DNC is trying to basically send a message to the American people that they are the all-powerful gatekeepers and that they’re the ones who have the power to decide who should be considered to be our Democratic nominee or not. But the reality is that voters in this country have that power,” Gabbard said in an interview with FOX News host Tucker Carlson. “That’s where I’m focused, I’m focused on reaching out to and connecting with voters. They’re the ones I’m committed to serving.”
“Part of the problem, with these debates, is with these 30-second answers, 60-second answers, you’re not really giving voters the chance to hear where do we stand on these issues, what motivates us, why are we doing what we’re doing, what experience and credibility do we bring to the job of president and this huge responsibility as serving as commander in chief,” Gabbard said.
“Really all it becomes is an opportunity for the hosting media network to get high ratings or make some money off of it,” Gabbard said of the debates. “The whole thing is a charade. And it doesn’t serve voters. That’s the biggest problem here.”
Gabbard, who represents Hawaii, and Delaney, a former U.S. representative from Maryland’s 6th District, appeared in the first two debate rounds this summer.
Under Democratic National Committee rules, candidates had to poll at 2% and have received contributions from 130,000 unique donors across 20 states to qualify for the third debate.
Delaney said he would stay in the campaign despite being disappointed about not making the cut for the September debate.
“While I’m disappointed to have not qualified for the third debate, I remain committed to the campaign for one simple reason: someone has to be consistently telling the truth and in doing so, telling a better story about the future we can share together,” Delaney said.
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