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New Democratic Debate Requirements Could Lead to Michael Bloomberg Making the Stage

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) axed one half of its debate qualifying requirements, paving the way for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to appear on a debate stage for the first time.

Bloomberg, 77, announced his campaign in November 2019. Hes been self-funding his campaign, preventing him from meeting one of the thresholds to appear in debates.

The DNC sets the requirements, which had two parts: polling and donations. Candidates were required to meet an escalating percentage in polls and to have an increasing number of unique donors.

But the committee said on Friday that candidates dont need to meet any donor requirements to qualify for the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Now that the grassroots support is actually captured in real voting, the criteria will no longer require a donor threshold,” Adrienne Watson, a DNC spokesperson, said in a statement sent to news outlets. “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 werent.”

The polling requirement is still in place. Candidates will need to get 10 percent or more in four polls released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18. Another way to qualify is to earn at least 12 percent in two polls conducted in the early voting states of Nevada and South Carolina.

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(L-R) Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bloombergs campaign didnt immediately return a request for comment. A campaign spokesperson told The Epoch Times by email earlier in the week that the previous requirements made Bloomberg ineligible for qualification. “If the rules change and we meet the eligibility criteria, we will participate,” the spokesperson said.

Bloomberg himself hadnt criticized the previous DNC requirements but some others had on his behalf. Bloomberg News, the outlet Read More – Source
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