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    Tulsi Gabbard Skipping Next Dem Debate, Even if She Qualifies

    Tulsi Gabbard Skipping Next Dem Debate, Even if She Qualifies

    “I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is saying that she will not take part in the next Democratic primary debate on December 19th, even if she qualifies according to DNC rules. It’s difficult to know exactly why she is doing this.

    Is it possible that she feels her work is done now that Kamala Harris has dropped out of the race?

    Joseph A. Wulfsohn reports at FOX News:

    Tulsi Gabbard opts out of next Dem debate as poll deadline looms

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, announced late Monday that she won’t be attending the Democrats’ next debate “regardless” of whether she qualifies.

    Gabbard, who previously flirted with the idea of skipping an earlier debate, appeared more assertive about bowing out of the upcoming debate being hosted by PBS and Politico on Dec. 19.

    “For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls,” Gabbard tweeted. “I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

    Gabbard had met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls approved by the Democratic National Committee [DNC] — or hit 6 percent in two approved early-state polls. The cutoff date: Dec. 12.

    Amy Russo of the HuffPost has more:

    To be invited, candidates must have 200,000 unique donor contributions, and meet one of two polling requirements ― four polls at a minimum of 4% in national surveys or in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, or two polls at a minimum of 6% in those states.

    Gabbard has enough donors, but is still in need of one more poll in either category. The deadline is Thursday.

    The congresswoman’s apparent skepticism of the debate is par for the course as she has repeatedly complained about the electoral process, claiming it is rigged against her campaign. In October, she threatened to skip the fourth debate, criticizing the use of “polling and other arbitrary methods” as qualifying measures while accusing “corporate media” of attempting to “hijack” the 2020 election. Reversing course, she decided to show up at the debate days later.

    YouTuber Tim Pool has been an outspoken supporter of Gabbard and offered this explanation on Twitter:


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    The debates have low ratings for a few reasons. They are controlled so much by the moderators that they become more about who asked whom what & who was given more time than whom, i.e., about the moderators. One illustration is how significant the composition of that group is considered. The self-absorbed media don’t realize or don’t case about silly questions submitted on Facebook by clueless viewrs. For viewers who care about particular issues, all you are going to get is the candidates’ canned views without any serious follow-up. It’s usually a he-said-she-said except where pne candidate deviates from the media’s orthodoxies, and the the media overstep their bounds.

    I’m going to increase my name id by not participating in a broadcast event. GENIUS!!!!

    So the ratings for the group therapy sessions of the Soviet Central Committee are not boffo? Wow. Who wudda thunk it?

    NavyMustang | December 11, 2019 at 9:25 am


    Tulsi’s still a far left liberal kook. In other words, a typical Hawaii pol.

    johnny dollar | December 11, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Her participation in these boring commercials (otherwise known as “debates”) has not propelled her into the level of being a serious contender. The ratings of these get togethers are minimal anyway.
    She probably feels there is relatively little upside to her participation in these debates until and unless the number shrinks to a handful of participants.
    This is a bit of a “Hail Mary” pass on her part. She may be counting on raising her profile by publicly ignoring these snooze-fest “debates”.
    Look for her to have some sort of highly visible campaign event during the actual debate.

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