The Democratic National Committee responded on Friday to its counterparts at the Republican National Committee, who voted unanimously to bar NBC and CNN from hosting any of the party’s 2016 presidential debates after the two networks refused to pull planned productions about Hillary Clinton.
In the statement, the DNC said that the vote on the debate resolutions suggests that Republicans are trying to “speak to even fewer voters.”
“After last year’s electoral losses, the RNC pledged to do a better job reaching out to the voters they had systematically alienated – like women, African Americans, LGBT Americans, Hispanics, and more. But instead of modifying their policies to actually present smart solutions for middle class families, the only thing the GOP can unite behind is a plan to continue to limit the audiences—and voters—to whom they will communicate.
“Now with reports that they are looking to have Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin moderate their debates, it raises questions about whether the RNC will ever be serious about outreach, or if they will continue to speak to — and for — the fringes of their party.
“It seems that Republicans don’t get it. If they truly want to connect with a broader audience, they need an agenda that fights for the middle class and is inclusive. Sadly, it appears that with today’s vote, their approach is to actually speak to even fewer voters.
“While the Republican Party and the RNC continue to have side-show debates, Democrats will continue to fight for a better bargain for middle class Americans.”