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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., creates a seemingly awkward moment on Friday, when he criticized the Democratic National Committee, the debate criteria standing next DNC Chairman, Tom Perez.
“I have to be honest, and I say it with love, the DNC-process is overwhelming, the debate at a time when we need it most,” Bennet said. “We are rewarding the celebrity candidate with millions of Twitter followers, the billionaires who buy their way onto the debate stage, and candidates are already running for President for years.”
He made the comments during the DNC summer meeting, attended by hundreds of party delegates.
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“It forces campaigns [fork], which over millions of dollars to Facebook, which is the same platform that will allow the Russians to interfere in 2016, instead of the use of resources to speak to the voters,” Bennet went on.
Bennet was one of the first candidate of the Democrats to criticize the DNC increasingly prohibitive criteria, including threshold values for the donor and the polling numbers – but his last remark, the confrontation seemed to be.
DNC war Room directed by Adrienne Watson defended the rules later on Friday, and said: “the debate, The rules have been given to the public for months, and candidates, more opportunities and more time to qualify for debates than in previous cycles,” she said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
Bennet’s comments came two days after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee fell out of the unprecedentedly crowded race in part, as the senator said, Inslee was unable to qualify for an event on climate change — his signature campaign issue.
“Think about this for a moment: the climate change candidate is not qualified for the climate change town hall. If we wanted to party, excluded people, we were the Republicans, the” Bennet added, before he delegates, he would not be on the debate stage in Houston in the next month.
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Bennet’s comments seemed to echo those of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, defendants Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer of buying his way onto the debate stage.
“We are kidding ourselves if we call for a 10-million-Dollar purchase of 130,000 donors a demonstration of the basic support,” Bullock said last week. “It is not in the service of the candidate, and the help of the voters who actually decide is not sure of this choice.”
Steyer announced that he received campaign contributions of at least 130,000 individual donors, a meeting with one of the DNC two criteria, the stage in the third and fourth rounds of debates, which will take place in September and October.
But Steyer apparently not satisfied with the release of a Declaration on Friday was with the DNC requirements, either, that blew up, the party’s polling request.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, lamented the debate’s criteria, said in a statement on Friday: “The campaign … calling on the Democratic National Committee to revise its list of debate qualifying surveys in the light of the numerous irregularities in the election and the time of these surveys, transparency, and fairness.”
Perez previously, the increase in the polling and fundraising thresholds defended, namely: “If you are not running an effective grassroots campaign in the year 2020, in today’s time, you are not be able to have the presidency won.”
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“And what did our dual-threshold, is additional opportunity for the candidates,” he said to CBS News.
“What we wanted to do was make sure that we had several opportunities where they could present their vision of the American people,” Perez added. “And then, as it happens in every primary level, you have to demonstrate progress, and that is, what is the September.”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.