After being criticized for changing rules and effectively swamping the only female candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, out of the next debate, the DNC has again changed the rules to allow both male candidates, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, to sit down during questioning.
On top of that, there's already drama between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Bernie wanted to stand up for the debate, just like the previous debates. Sanders campaign may have also accused Biden of wanting to sit down, but Biden's camp declined that.
Politico broke the story, saying:
Bernie Sanders wants to stand up at the next debate — and his campaign is accusing Joe Biden of wanting to sit down.
After a private call Friday with CNN, which is moderating the March 15 debate with the Democratic National Committee, Sanders' team balked at a new proposed format for debate, saying it gives his opponent Biden too much of a break in their first one-on-one face-off. Biden’s camp denied that it was pressing for a sit-down debate.
The format for the next debate in Arizona — their first since Biden’s blowout Super Tuesday victories — would have the candidates seated for the first time this election cycle and take multiple questions from the audience. In the prior 10 debates, the candidates stood at lecterns and nearly all questions were asked by the professional moderators.
Sanders senior adviser, Jeff Weaver, had some words about this and suggested that Biden didn't want to go "toe-to-toe" with Sanders in person.
Weaver said, as stated by Politico:
“Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?” asked Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ senior adviser.
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Biden’s campaign and the DNC said the format for the debate was decided by the party and CNN. The news network declined to comment and referred questions to the DNC.
While the two rich older men juggle their situation with the next debate, Tulsi Gabbard is still not making it to the debate screen.
Despite being the only female left for the Democrats to choose from, she was essentially wiped out by the DNC rule changes, thus limiting her ability to gain any last second momentum.
The DNC is being criticized for constantly changing the rules. They also took heat when Bloomberg got into a debate based on a rule change, and that was simply because Bloomberg made a donation.