Debbie Wasserman Schultz says debate schedule maximizes exposure.

The Head of the Democratic Party Is Either a Failure or a Liar

The Head of the Democratic Party Is Either a Failure or a Liar

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Jan. 17 2016 9:47 PM

The Head of the Democratic Party Is Either a Failure or a Liar

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Florida Rep. and Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Democratic debate on Dec. 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said today that the Democrats' 2016 presidential debates were scheduled to reach the largest audience possible.

I did my best to make sure, along with my staff and along with our debate partners, to come up with a schedule that we felt was going to allow for the—to maximize the opportunity for voters to see our candidates.
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Here's when the Democratic debates have been held:

  • 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14
  • 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19
  • 9 p.m. tonight, on Sunday of a long weekend

The Dems' second debate was the "was the lowest-rated primary debate this campaign season from either party" until the third debate, which "got the lowest TV ratings of any debate this cycle." Or, in visual form:

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If Debbie Wasserman Schultz wanted to "maximize the opportunity for voters to see our candidates" she failed. But she probably didn't; she probably helped schedule the debates on purpose on nights that TV audiences would be small so as not to give too much exposure to Hillary Clinton's rivals. And she's probably lying about it now.