Today, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF), a chartered caucus of the Florida Democratic Party, called on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to expand the presidential primary debate schedule.
"Chair Wasserman Schultz not only made the decision to limit debate among our candidates, she scheduled the debates during weekends and holidays when television viewership is known to be low," said DPCF President Susan Smith. "What was she thinking?"
"By refusing to give Democratic candidates an equitable debate stage with Republicans, she is allowing the normalization of extreme rhetoric that is filled with hatred and lies. Positive and inspiring Democratic voices are not being heard," Smith said. "Much like we saw in 2009 when Democrats failed to answer right-wing falsehoods about the President's healthcare plan, the vacuum is being filled with the Republican narrative."
"We fear that establishment forces within the party are once again trying to put their thumb on the scale for a chosen candidate," said Smith. "In doing so, they are showing a lack of respect for Democratic voters and a lack of faith in our Democratic candidates."