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  • Dems Demand More Debates During Wasserman-Schultz Speech

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was heckled  during her remarks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday by protesters calling for more than six debates in the primary.

    “We want debates! More debates!” party members chanted, drowning out her remarks. Others in the audience booed.

    The heckling began when Wasserman-Schultz told the crowd she was looking forward to the December debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    Many protesters wore shirts backing Bernie Sanders and held up bright orange and yellow signs that read, “More debates = More votes for DEMOCRATS.”

    She largely stuck to her scripted remarks, which focused on how the party can retain the White House next year, but calls for more debates grew so loud that the party’s chairwoman had to raise her voice during her opening remarks and break from her speech to shout back at attendees.

    “What’s more important, drawing a contrast with Republicans, or arguing about debates?” Wasserman Schultz told the angry crowd of Democrats. “Let’s focus on our mission at hand. Let’s focus on our task at hand.”

    “You know better than anyone that this race can’t be won from a stage or through a television screen,” she added. “You want to see these candidates in your living rooms, in coffee shops, and at forums just like the one we’re having here today.”

    Wasserman Schultz doubled down this past week on her decision to cap the number of Democratic presidential primary debates, protecting the “inevitable” nominee Hillary Clinton by delaying Democrat debates and limiting them in number.

    Last week Wasserman Schultz told reporters she’s standing by the current debate schedule despite persistent demands by one candidate in particular, Martin O’Malley, to expand a debate schedule he argues is designed to protect Hillary Clinton from more exposure to her rivals.

    There were 25 debates during the 2008 election.

    Hillary’s lackluster debate performance seven years ago did not exactly excite voters and opened the door for the eventual nominee Barack Obama to take the spotlight.

    The DNC is trying to shield Hillary from the danger of the debate turning into a pile-on effort to probe her reasons for setting up her private email server, her ties to Big Money donors to the Clinton Foundation, and the many other questions she must dodge.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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