The Democratic National Committee voted on a resolution at a summer meeting in San Francisco Saturday that would free the party's presidential candidates from participating in "multi-candidate" forums focused solely on climate change.
The national party committee voted 222-137 against a resolution that would encourage candidates to essentially ignore a rule set by DNC Chairman Tom Perez prohibiting them from appearing on the same stage at the same time in so-called "non-party events."
The vote drew a rebuke from left-wing environmental activists, such as the Sunrise Movement, saying the party leadership ignores the priorities of young voters. ]
"The Democratic Party needs the strength and motivation of young people to win in 2020," said Evan Weber, political director of the Sunrise Movement. "The energy around this issue is incredibly clear, but Tom Perez continues to shoot the party in the foot by declining energy and turning it down."
Similar protests erupted on Thursday when the DNC resolution committee voted 17-8 against handling single-issue issues.
Perez said throughout the main campaign that he was opposed to doing any of the official party debates that revolve around a single issue. Perez said this week that he wants the widest possible audience for primetime debates, with voters seeing candidates address a whole range of issues. The next official Democratic debate is set for Sept. 12 in Houston, with a second night of debates scheduled for September 13 on whether enough candidates can qualify. WHIPPERSNAPPERS, & # 39; I know what I'm doing & # 39;
Perez encouraged candidates to participate in specific issue issues that did not involve many candidates together in the same phase. For example, CNN planned a climate forum in September, with at least 10 candidates expected to appear individually and discuss climate policy in depth. Powerful organizations such as the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO host such events that focus on their policy priorities.
Perez aides also noted this week that he had received requests from various interest groups requesting full debate on civil rights, guns, poverty and issues affecting the old Americans.
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This week's shock came with the rise of Washington Gov. a commitment to make climate action the country's top priority. Inslee has received more than 130,000 individual donors – the DNC's set score as a qualifying measure for the September debate. But Inslee is also shy of an additional requirement to reach 2% support in at least four national or early state election polls from reputable pollsters. ]