strong>ROCK HILL, S.C. – The three remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls can expect to receive similar treatment in the party's next primary debate despite complaints they were let off easy during the first debate in mid-October.

"I completely disagree with that characterization," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Friday, referring to accusations that CNN's Anderson Cooper, who moderated the first debate, purposefully avoided "gotcha" questions and failed to hold the candidates to the same level of scrutiny as the GOP hopefuls.

"Anyone listening to Anderson Cooper's questions during that debate clearly saw very difficult, challenging questions," she added. "He probed very difficult questions with each candidate."

The Florida congresswoman continued, "Look, the analogy that I think was best used was that watching our debate was like watching a graduate seminar and watching [Republican] debates was like watching a bunch of kindergarteners."

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