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Democratic Debate Schedule is Designed to Give Clinton the Nomination

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The primary debate schedule set up by the Democratic National Committee is a farce. The committee, chaired by a person who openly declares her loyalty to Secretary Clinton, scheduled the vast majority of their debates on days they know would bring in the fewest number of viewers possible. And don't even get me started about their trying to illegally sabotage Senator Sanders campaign after blocking his access to the DNC voter database.

    I get it. Senator Sanders and Governor O'Malley are underdogs in this campaign. But let me remind you that then Senator Obama was a huge underdog to Mrs. Clinton in the 2008 race and we all know how that worked out. Making it impossible for other candidates to win is not the duty of the DNC; their job is to govern the Democratic Party in an apolitical manner.

    Scheduling debates no one will watch is not apolitical and neither is having the person in charge be so blatantly for an individual candidate. The Clinton campaign better be careful because if they alienate a large chunk of the Democratic base then I worry that a large chunk will sit on their hands in November of 2016. And we all know how horrendous that will be if that happens.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I agree. All three candidates last night looked a hell of a lot better than anyone from the Clown Car. Hillary Clinton looked very presidential, and I expect Sanders supporters will feel highly satisfied with his performance. The problem that the Democratic Party (or maybe I should say Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) has is that we seem to be always on the defense. Instead of standing up to the hate talk and ignorance of the Republican Party we hide. Instead of booking prime time coverage like the Republicans we retreat to a Saturday night when the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets are playing football.

    It is somewhat reminiscent of the 2012 and 2014 elections when many Democrats ran away from the Obama accomplishments, especially ObamaCare. In my home state of Colorado, the highly accomplished Senator Udall lost to a Tea Partier because he ran away from Obama, and didn't stand firm for what he really believed. Democrats need to put their record right in front of the voters and quit hiding it. There is much to be proud of. We are so much batter at family values and morality than the Clown Car, but we are scared to challenge Republicans on that turf. We come across as wimps.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I agree that the three candidates looked better than anyone in the Clown Car, but I just have a problem with how the whole process has been handled by the DNC.

    We should have an open and tough debate among ourselves so we can find the best candidate, but it seems like the entire game is rigged to anoint Secretary Clinton and that just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

    What happens if she loses in a year that a Democrat should have easily won? The map is in our favor, but I can pretty much guarantee you that my generation is not very excited about her. And my generations voting bloc is getting bigger and bigger.

    That's what keeps me up at night.

  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    What is your generation? Male? I think you underestimate the power of the women your age in America and other males that do not believe the way you do. You must be reading a tailored poll to your beliefs, which clouds your understanding where Bernie and those other than Hillary stand. Hillary has more numbers than what any poll exhibits. Eve the majority of polls have Hilary outpacing all of the DNC candidates. Only NH has a poll, which appears to favor Bernie, but there are polls in NH that say differently and that Hillary is in front. I don't like polls, but the people in 20-40 year old age group is marching to Hillary's tunes. The college groups are enjoying Hillary's run and see Old Bernie as possibly one who may die in office. I hate the age thing, but heck the youngsters do think about it. I'm waiting for the running mates to be announced than those polls will go off like fire alarms. Hillary and Castro or Hillary and Warren are my choices. Warren could do a lot of the things she wants to work on as VP, than position herself for Pres. in eight years. Even Castro has an advantage as youth identify with him and he could work his Immigration issues. I don't see anybody going with Bernie, but maybe a Republican as he attempts to smooth problems between Democrats and Republicans.
  • Independent
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: What is your generation? Male? I think you underestimate the power of the women your age in America and other males that do not believe the way you do. You must be reading a tailored poll to your beliefs, which clouds your understanding where Bernie and those other than Hillary stand. Hillary has more numbers than what any poll exhibits. Eve the majority of polls have Hilary outpacing all of the DNC candidates. Only NH has a poll, which appears to favor Bernie, but there are polls in NH that say differently and that Hillary is in front. I don't like polls, but the people in 20-40 year old age group is marching to Hillary's tunes. The college groups are enjoying Hillary's run and see Old Bernie as possibly one who may die in office. I hate the age thing, but heck the youngsters do think about it. I'm waiting for the running mates to be announced than those polls will go off like fire alarms. Hillary and Castro or Hillary and Warren are my choices. Warren could do a lot of the things she wants to work on as VP, than position herself for Pres. in eight years. Even Castro has an advantage as youth identify with him and he could work his Immigration issues. I don't see anybody going with Bernie, but maybe a Republican as he attempts to smooth problems between Democrats and Republicans.
    AMC, The outcome may be totally different; look at previous elections. Clinton has a lot of weak spots also the DNC is not helping due to wrong people like this Wasserman curly woman; she's not suited for that job. Looking at Trump versus Hillary, then I think she will loose, because you need special negotiation skills to defeat a Trump type. I negotiated deals all around the world as well had discussions with Trump and I know the "types". I know that reality hurts and you are as well the "type" who does not accept reality but floats in la la land, because you always follow the "herd"
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    And yet, after every debate, Hillary receives a bump up in the polls and most of the media and legit polls show her winning if not simply solidifying her rather large lead. Why wouldn't Hillary want to debate Bernie every night? She has a much broader range information and the ability to adapt her message to whatever the public is interested in hearing about.

    Bernie Sanders could have used his party to set up as many debates as he cared to. But wait! He has no party! I know the rules say that the DNC will not allow candidates to be on their debate schedule if they "go off the reservation" and debate outside the organization, but, since it's basically Bernie and Hillary, they couldn't really stick to that rule. If he could drum up some semblance of an organization to compete with the DNC, he could do whatever he wanted.

    Yes Hillary has supported the DNC and it's candidates for decades by campaigning for it's candidates (Democrats running for office) and raising funds, but I'm sure if Bernie had spent any time in the past 30 years supporting anyone else or raising funds for anyone but himself, he would have some friends in the Senate, the Party, Congress, the Oval Office. I get that he and his supporters are proud that he is so unconnected but then, isn't it a little odd to complain that no one in power owes him anything and are only obligated to follow the rules where he is concerned? This is politics. Bernie Sanders has the same chance as Hillary Clinton of winning the election. Bernie has raised plenty of money and he is free to use whatever tools he has developed in his long life in politics, to get out his message.

    I will close with saying, I am obviously a Hillary Clinton supporter. Most of us would be very happy to have more debates any time and any place. They have worked in our favor so far!

  • Independent
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    Mars & Minerva Wrote:

    And yet, after every debate, Hillary receives a bump up in the polls and most of the media and legit polls show her winning if not simply solidifying her rather large lead. Why wouldn't Hillary want to debate Bernie every night? She has a much broader range information and the ability to adapt her message to whatever the public is interested in hearing about.

    Bernie Sanders could have used his party to set up as many debates as he cared to. But wait! He has no party! I know the rules say that the DNC will not allow candidates to be on their debate schedule if they "go off the reservation" and debate outside the organization, but, since it's basically Bernie and Hillary, they couldn't really stick to that rule. If he could drum up some semblance of an organization to compete with the DNC, he could do whatever he wanted.

    Yes Hillary has supported the DNC and it's candidates for decades by campaigning for it's candidates (Democrats running for office) and raising funds, but I'm sure if Bernie had spent any time in the past 30 years supporting anyone else or raising funds for anyone but himself, he would have some friends in the Senate, the Party, Congress, the Oval Office. I get that he and his supporters are proud that he is so unconnected but then, isn't it a little odd to complain that no one in power owes him anything and are only obligated to follow the rules where he is concerned? This is politics. Bernie Sanders has the same chance as Hillary Clinton of winning the election. Bernie has raised plenty of money and he is free to use whatever tools he has developed in his long life in politics, to get out his message.

    I will close with saying, I am obviously a Hillary Clinton supporter. Most of us would be very happy to have more debates any time and any place. They have worked in our favor so far!

    What you describe is exactly what is wrong with this country. "Washington insiders" run the show; if you don't belong to their selected society, you're out. This is and stays the most corrupt country related to elections; money alone does not elect you but the "screening" of the elite bunch in Washington does.
  • Center Left
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    A recent poll on CNN asked if the voter would be proud or embarrassed to have voted for DT..... 50% said embarrassed, 27% said proud. Obviously the guy is a moron. However what scares me is that you vote in private and don't have to admit what choice you made. This is a recipe for crazy actions and possibly crazy results. I am hoping that women, younger, and non-white voters will not vote for the wealthy guy. To some, the fact that he is rich is a badge of honor. I just don't see it that way. Many wealthy persons might be great in politics. Not Trump. He's a big mouthed bully who says rude insensitive things about persons who are not just like himself. He's not shown any signs of being a leader and I wonder if he has any compassion for those with needs such as the old, sick, handicapped, homeless, mentally ill. Saying you care is different than deciding to spend money to address the problem.
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    TJ Wrote: A recent poll on CNN asked if the voter would be proud or embarrassed to have voted for DT..... 50% said embarrassed, 27% said proud. Obviously the guy is a moron. However what scares me is that you vote in private and don't have to admit what choice you made. This is a recipe for crazy actions and possibly crazy results. I am hoping that women, younger, and non-white voters will not vote for the wealthy guy. To some, the fact that he is rich is a badge of honor. I just don't see it that way. Many wealthy persons might be great in politics. Not Trump. He's a big mouthed bully who says rude insensitive things about persons who are not just like himself. He's not shown any signs of being a leader and I wonder if he has any compassion for those with needs such as the old, sick, handicapped, homeless, mentally ill. Saying you care is different than deciding to spend money to address the problem.
    Absolutely correct Tony; yes you've got plenty of people here who are not serious about anything; are easy to influence and have a weird idea about governing; that means our education system and election process is a big failure.