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There are two separate criteria a candidate must meet in order to participate in upcoming Democratic primary debates. One requires candidates to meet a certain threshold in recent polls. The current threshold is ten percent. The other criteria is that the candidate must have a certain number of individual donors to his campaign. The latter was a threshold that Mike Bloomberg’s self-funded campaign could never meet. But today the DNC has revised the criteria and eliminated the donor threshold.
The donor threshold, which previously required candidates to receives donations from a certain number of people, have been dropped.
Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the DNC, said the committee opted to end the donor threshold because now that “grassroots support is actually captured in real voting, the criteria will no longer require a donor threshold.”
“The donor threshold was appropriate for the opening stages of the race, when candidates were building their organizations and there were no metrics available outside of polling to distinguish those making progress from those who weren’t,” Watson said.
“We are thrilled that voters could soon have the chance to see Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage, hear his vision for the country, and see why he is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country together,” said Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg’s campaign manager.
It's a mistake for @TheDemocrats to change the rules for debates in the middle of this race to yield to a billionaire. We need to respect the grassroots movement leading this party forward. https://t.co/JekLi6eo3I
— SY Lee???? (@szeyian) January 31, 2020
Let’s make one thing clear: @TheDemocrats decision to change the rules now to accommodate Mike Bloomberg and not changing them in the past to ensure a more diverse debate stage is just plain wrong.https://t.co/BoCVpahWpx
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) January 31, 2020
It’s utterly ridiculous that Dem candidates have been working hard for months to qualify for debates, some even being excluded when they do… then @DNC changes rules to allow ##BillionaireBloomberg to be on debate stage despite not even trying to qualify. What a joke! #NotMeUs https://t.co/0JakDcOclH
— Ash Kalra (@Ash_Kalra) January 31, 2020
I thought the "there are X billionaires and no POC at the debate!" complaints were weak before now, but surely now they're justified? The DNC could have just as easily changed the rules for Booker or whomever. https://t.co/4urTWeIw73
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 31, 2020
If you look at the new DNC debate thresholds as anything other than "Get Andrew Yang off stage and put Mike Bloomberg on," Then you are high.
— Brad Bauman (@bradbaumn) January 31, 2020
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) January 31, 2020
Make no mistake about it: the @DNC changing its debates rules to open the door for @MikeBloomberg is Dem elite waving white flag on @JoeBiden. They see the writing on the wall and are now moving beyond hedging their bets to propping up Bloomberg https://t.co/OdzXn6KTUj
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) January 31, 2020
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