Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is planning to organize debates outside the six-debate framework announced by the Democratic National Committee. The move “flouts Democratic party rules and risks excluding the former Maryland governor from sanctioned debates.” Time,
O’Malley, who is struggling to gain traction in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, has long called for more debates that would give him more airtime on a national stage. The DNC has limited the number of debates to six and threatened to exclude presidential candidates who debate outside that framework…
O’Malley’s campaign has been increasingly vocal about opposing the DNC debate schedule, which was announced Thursday. The DNC announced months ago there would be 6 total debates, and that candidates could only participate if they abided by the DNC framework.
With fewer debates, Clinton’s challengers for the Democratic nomination get fewer chances to appear on a national stage with the frontrunner. Limiting the number of debates is generally seen as favoring Clinton.