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DNC Increases January Debate Thresholds Despite Demands It Increase ‘Diversity’

DNC Increases January Debate Thresholds Despite Demands It Increase ‘Diversity’

Spartacus and Yang likely out, Biden, Bernie, Warren, Mayor Pete, and Klobuchar in.

Earlier this week, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) received demands from presidential hopefuls Sen. Cory Booker and Julián Castro to change its requirements for the January debate.

With the old qualifications, Booker and Castro cannot participate. But it looks like that will not change since the DNC increased the January debate qualifications.

From Politico:

In order to qualify for the next debate on Jan. 14, candidates must earn at least 5 percent in four qualifying polls released between Nov. 14 and Jan. 10, or 7 percent in two polls conducted in one of the four early-voting states on the nominating calendar: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.

Additionally, candidates must receive donations from 225,000 individuals, up from 200,000 for Thursday’s debate, with a minimum of 1,000 donors in at least 20 states.

The qualification deadline is Jan. 10 — four days before the debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here are the qualifying polls:

Each poll must be sponsored by one of the following 16 entities or pairs of entities (“Qualifying Poll Sponsors”): Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Des Moines Register; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; New York Times; Nevada Independent/Mellman Group; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University. For individual entities that are included only in Qualifying Poll Sponsor pairs but are not listed individually, independent polling by such individual entities or polling conducted in new partnerships with such individual entities shall not meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria. The DNC reserves the right to add a Nevada-specific poll sponsor to this list in the near future.

With the new requirements, only five candidates qualify: former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has hit the polling requirement. However, he is funding his own campaign and not accepting donations. Therefore, he cannot achieve the donor threshold.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang claimed he “cleared the raised donor threshold.” He only has the poll requirement in one of the four required polls.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has the numbers in two of the four polls but has not said anything about the 225,000 donors.

Here is a look at the latest polls:

  • CNN: Biden 26%, Sanders 20%, Warren 16%, Buttigieg 8%, Bloomberg 5%, Klobuchar 3%, Yang 3%, Booker 3%, Castro 2%.
  • NBC News/Wall Street Journal: Biden 28%, Sanders 21%, Warren 18%, Buttigieg 9%, Bloomberg 4%, Klobuchar 5%, Yang 3%, Booker 2%, Castro 1%
  • USA Today/Suffolk: Biden 23%, Sanders 14%, Warren 13%, Buttigieg 8%, Bloomberg 6%, Klobuchar 3%, Yang 2%, Booker 3%, Castro 0%
  • Quinnipiac: Biden 30%, Sanders 16%, Warren 17%, Buttigieg 9%, Bloomberg 7%, Klobuchar 3%, Yang 3%, Booker 2%, Castro 1%


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm

“I’m dreaming of a White Democrat Party…..
Just like the ones the KKK used to know…..”

Isn’t that the DNC’s theme song?


    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | December 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Corey adds no diversity to the mix.

    Let’s ask Corey to address these issues.

    Former AG Mike Mukasey: Adam Schiff Broke the Law in Subpeonaeing Phone Records from Verizon and AT&T
    —Ace of Spades

    AG Barr: James Comey is a Serial Liar
    —Ace of Spades

    Is Durham Investigating Whether Brennan Lied About His Interest In Using the Steele Dossier to Frame Trump?
    —Ace of Spades

So they are trying to find one of each color!??
I thought it was supposed to be a quest to find the best candidate.

We’re far beyond the debate stage and deeply enmeshed in the far left media’s in-kind contribution to the democrat party campaign-to-beat-Trump infomercial phase.

Nationally broadcast face time followed by hours and hours of fawning post-game analysis? $$$$$$.

Can you remember another clown like this idiot booker who announces his own ‘macho’ nicknames?

It is so incredible to consider just who is holding high office in our country.

Good for the DNC. Don’t indulge color judgments.

These debates are allowing the public to get a really good look at the candidates.
The public has concluded they hate all of them.

Trump is threatening to boycott the debates because of the unfair moderators. He should.

    liz953 in reply to puhiawa. | December 20, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I would like to agree with you, especially considering the nonstop harassment that the president has faced in the last three years. but if he doesn’t do the speech, he plays into their hands.

    And, yes, the dems will sit on their hands throughout his speech as he enumerates his success in the economy, employment, the USMCA…but I still believe he needs to do the speech, and give the dems their due (good and hard). Also, I think he needs to show that he appreciates the support he has received from his own party. He needs to acknowledge their loyalty.

    The election is already decided, anyway.

    Why give stature to idiots like crop of corrupt democrat bastards and clowns trying to lord over us?

The progressive fascists should use affirmative action to ensure that minorities and women candidates are able to participate in the debates and election. Lower standards for their participation and every vote they receive counts as 2. Only to make up for past discrimination!

Corey Booker thinks that because he is black, he deserves a place on the stage, regardless of the fact that he has near-zero support. As long as the Left continues to peddle identity politics, they will lose. I am sick of box-checking. There’s just one box I check: US citizen.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm

(Each time I see that picture, I think of the screaming kid “I want my MAYPO!!”