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Andrew Yang accuses DNC of changing the rules “mid-game” to keep him out of Third Debate

Andrew Yang accuses DNC of changing the rules “mid-game” to keep him out of Third Debate

“By the DNC’s own rules, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Fox News, and Quinnipiac are all approved organizations, and thus Andrew Yang has qualified for the fall debates. We disagree with the DNC decision and are disappointed with the ruling,”

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang boasted on Twitter the other day that polls showed he had 2% of support to qualify for the September debates.

The DNC slapped down Yang’s enthusiasm when officials said two of the polls qualify as only one since NBC sponsored both.

The Democratic has over 20 candidates, which has caused problems for the DNC. Chairman Tom Perez decided to change the qualifications for the candidates to qualify for debates.

Candidates can take part in the third debate in September “only by reaching 2% in four approved polls released between June 28 and Aug. 28 while also collecting contributions from a minimum of 130,000 unique donors before Aug. 28.” Each candidate must have “a minimum of 400 individuals in at least 20 states.”

Yang tweeted yesterday:

Yang also reached the fundraising requirements.

The Hill obtained an email sent by DNC senior advisor Mary Beth Cahill to all campaigns that said the NBC/The Wall Street Journal poll from July and the NBC/Survey Monkey poll from July 19 only counts as one poll since NBC sponsored both:

“Candidates may only count one NBC-sponsored national poll released during the current qualification period,” DNC senior adviser Mary Beth Cahill said in the email, which was also sent to the Yang campaign.

“A particularly important rule in our debate framework is the requirement that candidates’ initial qualifying poll be conducted by different sponsors, or if by the same sponsor, in different geographies,” she wrote. “The intent of this rule is to avoid scenarios in which a single poll sponsor or media outlet is responsible for qualifying a candidate through multiple sets of results in the same geography.”

Spokeswoman Adrienne Watson confirmed officials sent out the email. She referred The Hill to the new DNC rules. However, the rules only say polls can qualify from the same organization if taken “in different geographical areas.” From

The qualification criteria for the September debate will also remain in place for October’s DNC-sanctioned debate. To qualify for the September and October debates, candidates must meet both the Polling Threshold and the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, as detailed below:

1. Polling Threshold. Candidates must receive 2% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the following criteria (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):

Each poll must be sponsored by an approved organization, which presently includes the following: Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University. Any candidate’s four qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same organization, must be in different geographical areas. The DNC and its media partners reserve the right to add a Nevada-specific poll sponsor to this list in the near future.

The July 11 poll did not specify the residency of the respondents. It only noted that the pollsters spoke to 800 total registered voters reached mostly by cellphone.

The July 19 poll concentrated on people in southern states. Thisincluded Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. In total, the poll reached out to 4,869 people over 18-years-old. Of those, 4,203 of the respondents are registered voters.

Yang’s campaign immediately lashed out against the DNC:

“By the DNC’s own rules, the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Fox News, and Quinnipiac are all approved organizations, and thus Andrew Yang has qualified for the fall debates. We disagree with the DNC decision and are disappointed with the ruling,” Yang’s campaign manger Zach Graumann said in a statement to The Hill that was later sent out publicly.

“It is frustrating to see the rules be changed mid-game, but our campaign has overcome every obstacle placed in our path, and we will continue to upset the establishment well into 2020,” the statement added.

This latest fiasco has added frustration with Yang over the DNC. The entrepreneur and author Marianne Williamson claimed the NBC moderators in the first debate cut off their microphones. NBC and the moderators insisted they did not do anything to either one.

Yang may not face any problems tonight in the second night of the second round of debates in Detroit, MI. The CNN moderators did their best to keep the candidates within the allotted speaking time and stopped interruptions. Williamson appeared to have more speaking time yesterday on the stage.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Why is the DNC so racist against Asian-Americans??????

    The DNC is a very racist organization, if you read some of the content of the leaked emails that Seth Rich gave to Wikileaks. Anti-Asian, Anti-White Men, Anti-Women who aren’t of color, Anti-Blacks, Anti-Semitic. But those groups will still turn out the vote for them, legally or not.

    I do get you were a bit tongue in cheek with your comment, but sadly it is true. If they know they have your vote they will do nothing for you, other than shun and ostracize you if you dare leave their Plantation.

      artichoke in reply to oldgoat36. | August 6, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      So pro … basically the 4 Justice Democrat congresswomen: AOC, Tlaib, Omar and Pressley. They comprise the preferred demographics.

I always wanted him to find someone named “Ying” for his running mate.

    Kepha H in reply to Tom Servo. | August 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Wouldn’t work. The candidate’s surname is 杨;the yang of yin-yang is 阳。

    Back to topic . Andrew Yang was always a Democratic longshot. The DNC is geared towards either the well-entrenched old pros or else the really noisy and troublesome Leftist fringe.

It’s kinda sad that these dems think they have a chance of winning nomination. But a patsy always thinks the poker game is fair.

Obama spied, Clinton colluded, Biden obstructed, DNC denied… Despite the brilliant work of Deep Plunger, it sounds like DNC is still running amuck in Water Closet.

Andrew, Andrew, Andrew, don’t you realize this whole process is rigged from the get go?
And you think you are bright enough to be President? Putin, the Chinese and the Norks would eat you for breakfast.
In the last election the only one that didn’t go away quietly was Bernie and even he did eventually. Now they have a whole heard of candidate wannabes to sweep under the rug. Some may not go so quietly.
I’m having fun just observing this part of the show and the main event isn’t even close to starting.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to NGAREADER. | July 31, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    A Democrat Party election without rigging,
    is like a day without weather.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to NGAREADER. | July 31, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Yep, they will exit screaming racism about each other. That will be fun to watch.

    Kepha H in reply to NGAREADER. | August 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    The Chinese will also contemptuously call him a “banana” in their official press. It happened to former Amb. Locke.

      Kepha H in reply to Kepha H. | August 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Also, while vociferously calling the USA racist, the Chinese and the NorKs will accuse Yang of being a race traitor.

Qualifying for the Democratic debates is a form of poll dancing.
Leaving now, someone else take it from here.

Has Gillibrand qualified? She is polling less than he is in some polls, isn’t raising much money, so how could she possibly be part of the “debate” which is not a debate, it is a political spectacle. It’s all giving talking points from the stump speeches, throwing a few minor zingers at the front runner to being them down a little bit so they can pretend they tried.

2smartforlibs | July 31, 2019 at 2:54 pm

You were sposed to drop out well before the third debate. Everyone but Kameltoe and Fauxcahontas was to be gone already

Ahh in case you missed 2016 they’re corrupt.

DouglasJBender | July 31, 2019 at 3:58 pm

A former Chinese pastor (he’s still Chinese, and still a pastor) of mine (I’m not Chinese) has a Chinese wife named, “Yin” (pronounced, “een”). Perhaps she would be willing to be Yang’s running-mate.

Dear Mr. Yang,
You will never, ever……… EVER be the Dem candidate.
thanks for playing,

Yang doesn’t get it. His candidacy is not part of “the narrative.” The party is not fixated on just one candidate they were in 2016, but they are desperate to eliminate the “noise” by the early fall. To the party, an Asian entrepreneur is “noise.” So is an author “with no policy credentials” if she advances beyond joke status. Having more than one so-called moderate is also “noise,” so the goal is to eliminate all but one of the so-called moderates who are not named Biden (he is in a special bracket). Beto, Booker, Buttegieg, Gillibrand & Klobuchar are also noise but how the party knocks them off the stage has to handled with care for obvious reasons. What would suit the party best is to narrow it down to Biden & Harris, Sanders & Warren, and one moderate and one of the others to serve as straws to answer an occasional question and take some heat.

    Kepha H in reply to RRRR. | August 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t know which the DNCC thinks is worse: Someone whose parents probably voted GOP after getting naturalization because they thought the GOP was tougher on Communism, or an entrepreneur.

    artichoke in reply to RRRR. | August 6, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    You’re eliminating Senators Gillibrand and Klobuchar but not mentioning Congresswoman Gabbard. Do you think her takedown of Harris in the 2nd debate earned her a potential spot in the next round?

    I hope not, I am not sure she’s really much different from the Justice Democrats. But some people seem to think she’s been selected to move on.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

A variation on “super delegates”. They’re starting their game playing early.

Democracy dies at the DNC. h/t WaPo

Don’t worry, Yang. The payoff will be forthcoming. (Would you likle the same kind of vactation house they bought-off that corrupt bum sanders with?)

he knew that democrats rig the system when he started.

One thing Democrats definitely are not is democratic.