The DNC is finding themselves under increasing scrutiny as various low-polling 2020 hopefuls express unrest regarding the requirements to appear on the third primary debate stage. The requirements in question are to reach 2% in at least four early state voting or national polls in addition to garnering 130,000 individual donations.
Now, while this may seem fairly clear to most Americans, struggling candidates have a different story. Contenders who are unlikely to make the debate stage next month have even gone as far as asking the DNC to lower the bar entirely.
One of the critics of the DNC’s third primary debate requirements is Tulsi Gabbard. Last night, Gabbard appeared on Fox News and spoke with Tucker Carlson regarding her concerns about the requirements.
At this time, she is failing to meet the 2% threshold in approximately two applicable polls, despite reaching the standard for individual donors. It’s also important to note that Gabbard recently took two weeks off from campaigning in order to serve with the Army National Guard.
Why Doesn’t Gabbard Like the DNC’s Requirements?
In a nutshell, Gabbard and other candidates who are complaining about the requirements to appear on stage next month are doing so because they’re simply not going to make it. However, the official story from Gabbard is that the DNC’s stipulations “lack transparency” and only benefit the elites within the political world.
Gabbard has consistently struggled in this presidential election; during the second primary debate, Gabbard confronted fellow 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris in regards to Harris’ time and actions as a prosecutor. Despite the attention which Gabbard received, it apparently hasn’t been enough for her to build support and appear on the third debate stage.
Therefore, Gabbard shared the following thoughts in regards to the process of making it to the third primary debate stage:
“I think the bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency. People deserve having that transparency because ultimately it’s the people who will decide who our Democratic nominee will be. When you see that lack of transparency, it creates a lack of faith and trust in the process.”
The Future of this Election
Presidential elections are inherently competitive and it’s impossible for each and every contender to make the cut. Due to Gabbard’s low numbers in the polls and the reality that she won’t be on the third primary debate stage next month, it’s likely that she will drop out of the 2020 race within the coming weeks.
This is a measure which other now-former candidates chose to take as they realized that their campaigns lacked the momentum to remain competitive and carve a viable path to winning the Democrat Party’s 2020 nomination.
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