Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his campaign lash out at Democratic National Committee schedule to have only six presidential debates and one in New Hampshire two months before voters are to go to the polls.

Aug 6, 2015 1:16 PM

NH1 News Political Pulse: National Democrats announce debate schedule, O'Malley campaign attacks it

Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz confirms today the schedule for the six debates for the 2016 presidential candidates including one in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The debate here on Dec. 19 will be the third one in line following the first in Nevada during October and the second in Des Moines, Iowa, the state that will host the first caucus.

"We are thrilled to announce the schedule and locations for our Democratic primary debates,” Wasserman Schultz said.

“These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out of touch and out of date policies.”

But not all the Democratic hopefuls are satisfied with the limited schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday in Iowa it was ``outrageous’’ that voters in that state and New Hampshire were told there could only be one event.

During a conference call with reporters today, O’Malley’s New Hampshire State Director John Bivona urged media outlets and other issue groups to host other debates and forums here.

"It’s not surprising people in D.C. want to tell voters in New Hampshire what to do,’’ Bivona said.

"Let’s be clear the debate plan put forward by the DNC should be regarded as a non-starter in New Hampshire.’’

O’Malley campaign officials noted that back in 2008 there were three Democratic debates in New Hampshire before the first-in-the-nation primary here. The schedule for this election calls for a total of three debates before New Hampshire’s vote and the one here would be more than two months before voters likely go to the polls.

"This is DC big-footing at its worst,’’ Bivona said.

"Voters here don’t make up their minds two months or three months before the election.’’

The full schedule for the Democratic debates

- Oct. 13 in Nevada;

- Nov. 14 in Des Moines, IA;

- Dec. 19 in Manchester, NH;

- Jan. 17 in Charlestown, SC

- February or March in Miami, FL

- February or March in Wisconsin


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