The DNC has told their own Vice-Chairwoman to skip the Las Vegas debate because she was non-compliant in expressing that she believed in more debates.
The New York Times is reporting representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, said she was disinvited (polite word for banned) from the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Nevada after she appeared on television and called for more debates.
New York Times […] Ms. Gabbard confirmed on Sunday that her chief of staff received a message last Tuesday from the chief of staff to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the national committee, about her attendance at the debate. A day earlier, Ms. Gabbard had appeared on MSNBC and said there should be an increase beyond the current six sanctioned debates.
[…] The person close to the committee insisted: “She was not uninvited. The D.N.C. team wanted this first debate to have all the focus on the candidates. Gabbard’s people were told that if they couldn’t commit to that, since Tulsi was trying to publicly divide the D.N.C. leadership last week, then they should consider not coming.”
The person added, “The fact that she is still making this about her and not our great candidates by talking to The New York Times says something unfortunate.”
Ms. Gabbard said the only issue raised had been “the fact that I had publicly disagreed” with Ms. Wasserman Schultz.
“This isn’t about any one person,” Ms. Gabbard said. “It’s about how the Democratic Party should be representing democratic values, allowing for free speech and open debate within our party, and for more transparency and debates for our presidential candidates.”
“All of our candidates agree with my position,” she added. (read more)