• DNC’s Chief Under Fire Over Handling of Primary Debate Schedule, Iran Deal

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing harsh backlash from some of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls over her handling of the primary debates.

    She’s also grappling with a huge decision over whether to support President Obama’s historic nuclear deal with Iran.

    The DNC stirred a hornet’s nest in May when it announced a six-debate schedule through the primary season — roughly a quarter of the 2008 total and half the number available to the Republican candidates this cycle.

    The Democratic underdogs — notably Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — wasted no time hammering the schedule as insufficient. The contenders want more opportunities to face off with front-runner Hillary Clinton, and their criticisms have only escalated this month after the DNC released more details surrounding the debates.

    Sanders on Sunday accused the DNC of being “dead wrong” in its debate strategy, while O’Malley charged the leaders of his own party with pushing a “rigged process” designed to advantage Clinton.

    “I think it’s a big mistake for us as a party to circle the wagons around the inevitable front-runner,” O’Malley said last week.

    Wasserman Schultz’s office did not respond to requests for comment this week, but the DNC chairwoman has defended the debate schedule, saying the six events will both lend voters “ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future” and “highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans.”

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely delighted with the few amount of debates set up for the Democratic primaries. The DNC is probably acquiescing to her request that there be less debates. Polls suggests that the more she speaks the less people like her, which is why she gives so few interviews.

    The DNC’s deputy national finance director during the Clinton presidency, David Mercer, said the six debates present both “a level playing field” and “an amazing opportunity” for the Democratic candidates to make their case to voters.

    O’Malley announced Wednesday that he’s urging supporters to join a protest outside DNC headquarters on Sept. 16.

    “It’s time to take it up a notch,” reads a release from O’Malley’s campaign office.

    The Iran vote is equally troublesome for Wasserman-Schulz.

    The six-term Florida Democrat represents more than 15 percent of Jewish population —and she’s been a ardent defender of Israel and its chief lobbying group in Washington, which opposes the nuclear accord. Recent polls show Florida voters also strongly oppose the deal.


    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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