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DNC revises debate criteria so Bloomberg has a chance to make the stage

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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.


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