DNC Vice Chair: I Was Uninvited From First Dem Debate After I Asked For More

|
October 12, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was uninvited from the first Democratic presidential debate after she appeared on national television and called for more debates, as reported Monday by The New York Times.

Gabbard appeared on MSNBC last Monday and said that there should be more than the six sanctioned debate for the Democratic hopefuls. A day later, Gabbard said she received an email sent by the chief of staff to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) — the chairwoman of the national committee — “about her attendance,” according to New York Times.

An unidentified source told the Times that Gabbard was not uninvited, but that Wasserman Shcultz did not want a “distraction” that could separate the party.

The first Democratic debate, hosted by CNN, is scheduled to take place Tuesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Gabbard told the publication that she would watch from Hawaii.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30