Tulsi Gabbard responds to exclusion from upcoming debate

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Tulsi Gabbard responds to exclusion from upcoming debate
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Tulsi Gabbard responds to exclusion from upcoming debate
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will not be appearing in the upcoming Democratic debate, which will feature just ten candidates instead of the twenty included in both previous debates. Gabbard failed to reach necessary polling requirements set by the DNC and ABC News, although there is a debate raging over the exclusion of certain polls. The congresswoman responded to the controversy during a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.

Throughout the interview, Gabbard criticized the DNC for what she perceived as a lack of transparency. “I think the bigger problem is that the whole process really lacks transparency,” she said during the interview. “People deserve having that transparency because ultimately it’s the people who will decide who our Democratic nominee will be.”

In order to qualify to appear in the upcoming debate, candidates were required to have received donations from at least 130,000 individuals and demonstrate at least two percent support in four separate polls. However, candidates could only qualify using polls from a list of sixteen approved pollsters. Each candidate was further restricted to using one poll per polling outlet.

Critics of the qualification process say numerous credible outlets were left off the DNC’s list of approved pollsters, including many from early primary states. Gabbard and several of her supporters have blamed the Democratic establishment for the decision.

“Really what they see is a small group of of really powerful political elites, the establishment making decisions that serve their interests and maintaining that power while the rest of us are left outside. The American people are left behind,” Gabbard told Fox’s Tucker Carlson.

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