‘Remarkably inclusive and, frankly, low bar’: DNC chairman justifies all-white debate stage

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez tried to explain why the party will only be featuring white candidates on the debate stage on Tuesday night.

Perez, 58, has been criticized for upholding debate qualification rules that have limited participation from nonwhite candidates. Tuesday night’s debate on CNN will be the first time the debate stage will not feature a single candidate of color.

Speaking with CNN’s New Day hours before the debate, Perez was asked to justify the debate standards given the lack of diversity. He explained that the rules had been set and that he would not change them just because the candidates some people wanted
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