Martin O’Malley blasted the Democratic Party Tuesday, saying it is acting in an “undemocratic way” by limiting the number of debates before the Iowa and New Hampshire vote in the primary.
O’Malley, appearing on “The Rundown With José Díaz-Balart,” stated, “it’s outrageous and people in our own party aren’t going to stand for this sort of meddling and limiting of debate that the DNC is trying to engage.”
José Díaz-Balart: And quickly, governor, you make any progress on your desire to see more debates, the DNC is saying they have pretty much got that under control. Are you seeing any progress on that?
Martin O’Malley: [Laughter] I sure am. There are people throughout Iowa and New Hampshire who are outraged that the Democratic Party is trying to act in such an undemocratic way. So, I think you will see more debates. I plan to go to as many debates as I possibly can. We have now moved from 1 percent when I got in the race two months ago. Now we went to 3 percent, now we’re at 7 percent. I’m seeing a tremendous desire in our party and in our country for new leadership and an executive who has the ability to get things done. That’s what I have to offer. I’m sure the other candidates have good ideas to offer. That’s why we need to have more debates rather than less. I mean, what have we come to as a party that we are so poor that we can’t afford to have one, more than one debate in Iowa and one debate in New Hampshire before the primary? It’s outrageous and people in our own party aren’t going to stand for this sort of meddling and limiting of debate that the DNC is trying to engage in. I should say some in the DNC. I think most DNC members also think this is a really, really bad idea.