Restore the Original DNC Debate Rules and Keep Michael Bloomberg Off of the Debate Stage

Restore the Original DNC Debate Rules and Keep Michael Bloomberg Off of the Debate Stage

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Jack Perdue started this petition to Democratic National Committee and

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee changed the qualifications for the Feb. 19 Democratic debate. The new qualifications require that a candidate must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  •  Reach 10% support in some combination of four national polls or early state polls from Nevada or South Carolina
  • Reach 12% support in two polls from Nevada or South Carolina or both
  • Receive a convention delegate in Iowa or New Hampshire

In all of the previous Democratic debates this election cycle, an individual donation threshold was also required to get on the debate stage (for example, Andrew Yang must receive X number of individual donations to qualify for the debate). The DNC has decided to remove this requirement from the February debate, potentially allowing former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to qualify. 

This rule change is suspicious at best, especially considering DNC chair Tom Perez's previous statements regarding a rule change. "To amend these rules now, after having enforced them throughout this primary process, would be putting our thumb on the scale.", Perez said, when pushed to host a climate-focused debate. It's also important to note that Bloomberg made 3 donations to the DNC on November 19th, totaling $319,500.

This switch-up by the Democratic National Convention is unacceptable, and it is evident that Michael Bloomberg is spending big money to shift the Democratic primary process in his favor. We must call on the DNC and Perez to reverse this rule change, reinstating the individual donation threshold. We can not allow billionaires to hijack our political system and overrule democracy. 

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