Democrats Changing Debate Format Ahead of 2020
DNC Chairman Tom Pérez is considering significant changes to the way Democrats feature candidates on stage for presidential debates. The number of potential candidates could potentially swell to more than 20, and Pérez has made it known that he initially wants a debate format that mixes top-tier candidates with lesser known ones -- taking a lesson from the GOP in 2016, which was criticized for its two-tier debate approach. Democrats hope the new plan will help address concerns from the 2016 election, when party leaders heavily consulted Hillary Clinton’s campaign on debate planning. WaPo reports that the Democrats’ proposed solution also would allow for other factors beyond national polling, possibly including staffing, fundraising, and the number of office locations, to be considered in making a cutoff for debate participation. Dems have held more than 40 meetings, including with 2016 campaign advisers and other stakeholders, to draft the 2020 plans, though they have not met with potential 2020 candidates or their advisors about debate planning. Pérez is expected to review the final proposal later this month. More here.