DNC announces there will be no debate on climate change

Mar 2012
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Sparking a torrent of backlash from Democratic White House contenders, environmental organizations, and youth climate leaders, the Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that it will not host a climate-specific presidential primary debate and will punish candidates who attend a debate hosted by any other organization.

News of the DNC's decision was made public by 2020 presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic contenderto call for a debate focused solely on the climate crisis.

"Today, my team received a call from the Democratic National Committee letting us know that they will not host a climate debate," Inslee said in a statement. "Further, they explained that if we participated in anyone else's climate debate, we will not be invited to future debates. This is deeply disappointing."

Inslee said he will pressure the DNC leadership to change its mind, arguing that the climate emergency "merits a full discussion of our plans" rather than the "short exchange of talking points" typical of past presidential debates.

U.S. Youth Climate Strike, whose petition calling on the DNC to host a climate debate has garnered over 53,000 signatures, vowed to "fight back" against the committee's refusal to give the planetary crisis the national spotlight it deserves.

The youth-led Sunrise Movement, which is planning a massive action outside of the second DNC debate in Detroit next month, urged all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to "speak out against" the DNC's "disastrous decision" and pressure the committee to reverse course.

'This Is an Emergency. We Need the Democrats to Act Like It': Outrage as DNC Announces It Will Not Host 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis
 
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Do they plan to debate Social Security?

You know... just to find out which Democratic candidates oppose it?
Yea I guess they intend to just have general debates. But I guess the bigger issue is penalizing any candidates that choose to participate in outside debates. Inslee and a few others were invited to do a debate by the Sierra Club but now cant since they then would be prohibited from being in other DNC debates.
 
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Sparking a torrent of backlash from Democratic White House contenders, environmental organizations, and youth climate leaders, the Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday that it will not host a climate-specific presidential primary debate and will punish candidates who attend a debate hosted by any other organization.

News of the DNC's decision was made public by 2020 presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic contenderto call for a debate focused solely on the climate crisis.

"Today, my team received a call from the Democratic National Committee letting us know that they will not host a climate debate," Inslee said in a statement. "Further, they explained that if we participated in anyone else's climate debate, we will not be invited to future debates. This is deeply disappointing."

Inslee said he will pressure the DNC leadership to change its mind, arguing that the climate emergency "merits a full discussion of our plans" rather than the "short exchange of talking points" typical of past presidential debates.

U.S. Youth Climate Strike, whose petition calling on the DNC to host a climate debate has garnered over 53,000 signatures, vowed to "fight back" against the committee's refusal to give the planetary crisis the national spotlight it deserves.

The youth-led Sunrise Movement, which is planning a massive action outside of the second DNC debate in Detroit next month, urged all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to "speak out against" the DNC's "disastrous decision" and pressure the committee to reverse course.

'This Is an Emergency. We Need the Democrats to Act Like It': Outrage as DNC Announces It Will Not Host 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis
Tend to agree with the DNC. A single issue debate isn't the best use of time and resources.


As for "punishing" candidates who pursue outside avenues.....would need to see the actual details of what is being proposed. Am suspecting there may be a little hyperbole involved.






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Mar 2012
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Tend to agree with the DNC. A single issue debate isn't the best use of time and resources.


As for "punishing" candidates who pursue outside avenues.....would need to see the actual details of what is being proposed. Am suspecting there may be a little hyperbole involved.






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Its not uncommon for the Sierra Club and various universities to hold minor small debates for candidates. Our local St Anselms often has "mini debates" where they have 3 candidates come in and debate issues. It seems this wont be allowed any longer.
 
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Yea I guess they intend to just have general debates. But I guess the bigger issue is penalizing any candidates that choose to participate in outside debates. Inslee and a few others were invited to do a debate by the Sierra Club but now cant since they then would be prohibited from being in other DNC debates.

Sure they can. They can participate in any debates they choose. If that choice excludes them from the DNC debates, then they'll have to decide which debates are more important to them. If Inslee wants to be a single issue candidate, that's his call, but he has no authority to demand that the DNC provide a single issue debate for his pet single issue.
 
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Its not uncommon for the Sierra Club and various universities to hold minor small debates for candidates. Our local St Anselms often has "mini debates" where they have 3 candidates come in and debate issues. It seems this wont be allowed any longer.

All debate formats include rules to determine eligible participants -- even Sierra Club debates.
 
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Its not uncommon for the Sierra Club and various universities to hold minor small debates for candidates. Our local St Anselms often has "mini debates" where they have 3 candidates come in and debate issues. It seems this wont be allowed any longer.
Probably worth waiting to see what actually happens. The DNC (and democrat strategists in general) are certainly not going to try to silence the discussion/issue of Climate Change. It is a big subject and an energizing opportunity to rally many younger voters in the democrat base. The DNC just doesn't want to dedicate one of their debates to a single topic.

Really can't see any presidential candidate getting iced from "all future debates" for participating in a Sierra Club event. Could happen....but i'm doubtful. They would become instant martyr/heroes.




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Tend to agree with the DNC. A single issue debate isn't the best use of time and resources.


As for "punishing" candidates who pursue outside avenues.....would need to see the actual details of what is being proposed. Am suspecting there may be a little hyperbole involved.

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It is kind of traditional to have debates focused on 'foreign policy' and on 'domestic policy'...….but I guess having a debate focused on the planet EARTH is just wild-eyed craziness, that only some loony radical would dream up. Right?

All of those nutty Earth-huggers should go back to munching their granola, I say!!
 

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