Is the only reason why the Democrat candidates are threatening to "boycott" the debates because the next debate will be "whites only"?
With the exception of Yang who is asian, the December debates will be whites only. The black and Hispanic candidates are banned from attending and participating. So, this boycott is being used as an excuse to cancel the debates. If so, do you think it's a GOOD or BAD idea?
- Tmess2Lv 71 month ago
Banned is the wrong term. The DNC has not banned anybody from the debate. What the DNC has done -- and they have been clear about it from the beginning -- is establish a gradually increasing criteria for qualifying for the debate. And, saying it is whites only is misleading at best for two reasons.
First, Senator Harris qualified before she dropped out. So the only reason that there are no African-Americans is because the top African-American candidate looked at the math and decided that she could not win. (Senator Booker and Secretary Castro who have worse numbers have not yet come to the same conclusion.)
Second, if you look at the candidates who qualified, there is only one straight white protestant male (Tom Steyer). So from every other category but the number of African-Americans on the debate stage, the candidates who qualified for the December debates are very diverse.
As to the reason for the "boycott," as noted by the other answers, the venue for the debate is currently the subject of a union picket. Given that the Democratic candidates actually support unions and blue collar workers, they are reluctant to cross a picket line.
- StephenWeinsteinLv 71 month ago
Nobody's been banned because of their race. The rules set up far in advance (without knowing which candidates would be impacted) established the criteria for qualifying for the debates.
The reason why some Democrats aren't going to be going is that anyone who does go might have to cross a picket line due to a labor dispute at the venue.
It's not likely to result in anyone having to "cancel the debates". If they can't get enough candidates to attend in that venue, then they can hold the debate somewhere else that doesn't have a picket line.
- FoofaLv 71 month ago
No, it's because there are numerous labor disputes going on in my region right now and the candidates don't want to cross a picket line to get to the event.
- Smoking JoeLv 71 month ago
We know how concerned conservatives are about enough minorities being present. I'd like to see Michael Steele get nominated for GOP candidate, how does that sound?
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- BlueNinjaLoveLv 71 month ago
Yeah, that probably isn't a thing, you white supremacist.
I like how you're like "whites only... except the Asian guy, but that doesn't somehow terminate my prior statement."
- MikeLv 71 month ago
They should play Judy Collins 'Send in the Clowns " song for the democrats
- Anonymous1 month ago