It’s no secret that the Democratic National Committee is joining forces in an effort to secure the Presidential nominee for Joe Biden. Democrats have been open in their beliefs that a socialist Democrat is not in the best interest of the party, nor the United States. Biden has picked up the support of numerous heavy hitters and former opponents such as Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.
Unsure how to fight back against a party who does not support him, Sanders is searching high and low to play the blame game. The 11th Democratic debate will take place this coming Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona, and Sanders is already shaming the event for its bias. “After a private call Friday with CNN, which is moderating the March 15 debate with the Democratic National Committee, Sanders’ team balked at a new proposed format for debate” reported Politico.
The format with which Sanders is upset? That the two men will be sitting down, instead of standing. Sanders’ campaign is “accusing Joe Biden of wanting to sit down” and says it “gives his opponent Biden too much of a break in their first one-on-one face-off.” Biden’s campaign “denied that it was pressing for a sit-down debate,” says Politico.
The format with which Sanders is upset? That the two men will be sitting down, instead of standing.
Kindergarten-like exchanges are being thrown around between the two campaigns. “Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?” questioned Sanders’ senior adviser.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield responded, “We will participate in whatever debate CNN chooses to stage: standing, sitting, at podiums, or in a town hall.” She continued, “The problem for the Sanders campaign is not the staging of the debate, but rather, the weakness of Sen. Sanders’ record and ideas.”
Regardless of the toddler-like accusations, Politico’s senior campaign and elections editor Steven Shepard did some research and posted his findings to Twitter. “I went back and checked: In 2008, in the final four debates featuring just two candidates (Clinton and Obama), they were seated in three out of the four meetings.”
Ok, so it does not seem the sitting aspect is a purposeful punishment for Sanders. Well, the 11th debate will also take questions from the audience in hopes to create a more intimate and personal discussion with the presidential hopefuls. Sanders camp had something to say about that as well and again blamed Biden. “Joe Biden does not want to go head-to-head with Bernie Sanders, stand there for two hours, and go back and forth with Bernie Sanders” Weaver added. “He wants it broken up with audience questions because he knows in that environment, he won’t fare very well.”
In an attempt to debunk Sanders’ accusations, DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said, “After 10 debates, the DNC worked with its network partners to adapt the March debate to the smaller field of candidates and to give voters more of a voice. This format provides candidates longer response times, and for the first time, will incorporate questions from undecided voters in the audience.”