De Blasio: DNC Rules "Limit the Diversity" of Presidential Debates - Because He May Not Qualify

Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D). Screen grab via NY1.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was recently interviewed by NY1 on a variety of topics including the deadly helicopter crash in the city that claimed the life of the pilot, as well the possibility that he may not be included in upcoming Democratic presidential debates.


The Mayor left people scratching their heads after complaining that the DNC’s debate qualification rules “limited the diversity” and “inclusiveness” of debates – because he may not qualify for some of them due to low polling numbers and lack of a solid donor base.

The New York Post reports:

During an appearance on NY1, Hizzoner said he feels “very good” about his chances of qualifying for the Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami later this month as he’s met a 1% polling threshold.

However, de Blasio’s toned soured when asked about a 130,000-donor threshold the DNC has set for debates being held Sept. 12-13 at a location yet to be determined.

“That’s a huge number, and I appreciate the impulse, but I think we have to ask the question: is this going to limit the debate and limit the diversity of the field and limit the options for voters in a way that’s unhelpful?” he told “NY1’s Errol Louis.

He also said that the DNC needed to remember “that we’re always better off being inclusive.”

Watch video of his interview below:

De Blasio has officially been in the race for only about a month, but his bid for president is seen as a long shot by political observers.


Hot Air‘s Jazz Shaw, a New Yorker, had some advice for the Mayor:

But if Bill is seriously worried about the diversity of the field (which already has every gender, race and sexual orientation covered) there are ways you could ensure the diversity factor was as strong as possible. Maybe a couple of the straight white males could drop out. Talk about a chance to lead by example, Mr. Mayor!

Indeed! 😉

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–


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