O’Malley: Lack of Dem. Debates a ‘Big Part’ of Why I Am Not Doing Better in the Polls

‘I believe that the people of both of those early states are very hungry to hear what the candidates have to offer’

MITCHELL: “You have been struggling somewhat in the polls, down from 3 percent to 1 percent. Do you think that is because, in part, there haven’t been Democratic debates yet? What can you do to try to get the DNC to change its mind?” 
O’MALLEY: “I think that’s a big part of it. I believe that, and I have said this very clearly, that this is party malpractice for the Republicans to have debate after debate, present their ideas and their candidates to 24 million Americans and for the Democratic Party to remain silent and to limit debates. I think that’s a huge mistake. For my own part, I am going county by county throughout Iowa, and town by town through New Hampshire, and I have not yet begun to fight. I believe that the people of both of those early states are very hungry to hear what the candidates have to offer and I believe they will be tuning in in droves to the Democratic debates once we start finally having them in the middle of October.”

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