The first out of the six primary debates for the Democrat candidates for the 2016 Elections will be held on the 13th of October in Nevada, according to the Democratic Party who announced the calendar a few hours before the start of the Republican primary debate.
The announcement comes on the same day that the Republican Party is holding the first Republican primary debate in Cleveland, broadcast by Fox News. The calendar set by the Democratic National Committee has the first debate set in Nevada on the 13th of October and the rest of the five debates will take place in Iowa on the 14th of November, in New Hampshire on the 19th of December, in South Carolina on the 17th of January, and the Florida and Wisconsin debates are due to be scheduled. The primary debate in Nevada will be hosted by CNN.
According to Reuters, after the announcement was made by the Democratic National Committee, rivaling contenders of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton have complained about the small amount of debates that they have been given and worry that they would not have the time to send their messages to the nation and try to go against Hillary Clinton. Former Secretary of State Clinton has been leading in every national poll and is enjoying massive media coverage ever since her announcement video, followed by Vermont Senator and socialist Bernie Sanders. The other four Presidential hopefuls including former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Senator and Governor Lincoln Chaffe and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb stated that there is simply not enough time to challenge Clinton.
According to Reuters, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley stated that the process could be a restriction of the message the candidates want to send. He said “What they are proposing does not give you, the voters, ample opportunity to hear from the Democratic candidates for President.”
The Chair Representative of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said that the debating process “will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out of touch and out of date policies.”
In order to be eligible for any of the debates, the candidate must have at least 1% out of three credible national polls six weeks before a debate.
The candidates including O’Malley and Sanders have issued their protest of the entire debating process that these limitation of the debates right before the Iowa caucuses in February with only four debates is seen as undemocratic and that there is no guarantee that the entire field of Democrat candidates would be able to gather in the same place at the same time for every debate.
The next gathering of the candidates will be at the Democratic national Committee meeting in Minneapolis later this month.