November 12, 2015

Democrats schedule debates when few will watch

Alvin Chang, Vox - The Democratic National Committee, which organizes the party's primary debates, has faced accusations of scheduling them on dates that will receive poor viewership in an attempt to protect front runner Hillary Clinton. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has denied these claims. There are other hints Clinton wanted less exposure, including reports that her campaign privately lobbied the DNC for fewer debates.

But when you just look at the debate schedule, it's hard to deny its absurdity — especially when you take a look back at political debates of years past.

I analyzed every debate since the 2000 election cycle — that’s 100 debates. Only seven of them took place on Saturday. The most recent was on January 7, 2012, when seven Republican candidates took stage in New Hampshire. Every Saturday debate since 2000 was during primaries, and most of them took place in early January.

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