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Democrats’ Presidential Debate Schedule Draws Dissent within Party

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. President Barack Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his party’s chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. Party officials credit her in part with helping the president carry her home state of Florida, as well as leading the party to an expanded majority in the Senate and more seats in the House.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (The Washington Times) — The anger over Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz imposing strict controls and limits on the number of presidential primary debates will come to a head this week when hundreds of party officials gather in Minneapolis at the DNC’s summer meeting.

New Hampshi,re state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, who is vice chair of the state Democratic Party, said that she plans to confront Mrs. Wasserman Schultz about the debate schedule during the summer meeting, which opens Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Hilton Minneapolis hotel.

“I’ll see her in Minneapolis and I’ll say, ‘What’s the reason for this?’” said Mrs. Clark. “What I am going to say is that I think that the constraints they put around the debates is inappropriate and doesn’t reflect what the New Hampshire primary is all about.”’

She said that the state party was determined to “bring more pressure.”

Democratic leaders across the country bristled at Mrs. Wasserman Schultz’s announcement earlier this month that the party would sanction only six presidential primary debates, delaying the first debate until October and threatening punitive action against any candidate or media outlet that break from the official schedule.

 

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