Despite numerous requests for more debates from Hillary Clinton's rivals, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted there would be no changes.
Wasserman Schultz said that the Democrats would not be holding any more debates during the primary campaign. She claimed that the candidates need more time for "retail politics" and that debates take up too much time and are prohibitively costly.
The DNC chair also shut the door on giving candidates the opportunity to participate in non-sanctioned debated or other debate-like forums, stating that having too many debates makes the entire process "spiral out of control." Wasserman-Shultz has been accused of favoring Clinton in the primary process. The front-runner would benefit from a lack of debates, because it would deprive opponents the chance of achieving the name recognition she already has and limit the number of questions about her email scandal.
"We're not changing the process. We're having six debates," Wasserman-Schultz told reporters at a breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning. "The candidates will be uninvited from subsequent debates if they accept an invitation to anything outside of the six sanctioned debates."