‘We want our candidates to be able to articulate their vision of America…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) As Democrats prepare to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, party Chairman Tom Perez has promised a series of presidential primary debates with rules that will give each candidate equal attention.
Perez said Thursday that the Democratic Party will sponsor six debates in 2019 and six more in 2020.
The first two debates will occur in June or July and candidates will be assigned at random.
“Democrats want to put our eventual nominee in the strongest position possible to defeat Donald Trump,” Perez said, according to Bloomberg News.
Democratic officials have “listened to voices across our party about how we can make the primary process better” and set rules that “will help every candidate feel like they got a fair shake,” Perez said.
Perez said that the Democratic Party wants to make its primary “transparent” and honest, unlike the GOP’s primary contest in 2016.
“This is the first step in an orderly and transparent debate process,” Perez said, reports ABC News. “If we’re going to win back the presidency in 2020, Democrats must continue to lead with our values and restore our voters’ faith in the party that we love and the values that we are fighting for.”
The GOP’s 2016 debates focused on people rather than policy, Perez said, and that’s something the Democrats want to change.
“Voters want to know issues,” he said. “We want our candidates to be able to articulate their vision of America.”
The Democratic primary field is expected to be large and varying degrees of liberal.
The names of several top Democratic players have been dropped, including former Vice President Joe Biden, failed Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
“Accommodating such a large field of qualified candidates is a first-class problem to have,” Perez said. “They will make our party more inclusive. They will make our process much more transparent. And they will enable our voters to feel more confident than ever that the Democratic Party has their back.”