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O’Malley Calls for More Presidential Campaign Debates to Let Americans Hear from the Democratic Party

Sept. 3, 2015 (EIRNS)—Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley last night pressed forward his opposition to the Democratic National Committee’s limitation of candidate debates during the campaign. During an interview with the National Public Radio (NPR) network’s "On Point" show, O’Malley said that the party has been silent while the Republican debates dominate the airwaves.

"Twenty-four million people tuned in to watch the first two rounds of the Republican debates," O’Malley pointed out. "They’re going to be doing another debate shortly." He agreed that he and the other candidates are putting forward their views as they campaign from town to town.

"But in the country at large, we are not offering debates, we are not putting forward our ideas, and people are tuning in instead to the falsehoods put out by the Republican Party: the notion of trickle-down economics, concentrate wealth at the top, remove regulation everywhere, keep wages low. That’s not a good message for us to leave un-countered."

O’Malley said he had received a standing ovation when he had presented this argument at the DNC meeting last week. The New York Times this morning posted a short article saying that an increasing number of party activists oppose the DNC limited-debate policy.

"The party fears a lower number will of debates will diminish its ability to drive the discussion as the Republican contest, led by Donald J. Trump, dominates the news, and that a flabby process will leave the ultimate nominee unprepared for the general election."

[Audio of interview: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/09/02/martin-omalley; blog summarizing O’Malley’s remarks: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/09/02/martin-omalley- rigged-debate-executive-experience]