What if Martin O’Malley or Bernie Sanders disobeys the DNC on debates?
Bloomberg - 08/14/2015
Alan Schroeder, a journalism professor at Northeastern University and the author of Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV, agrees, noting that on the Republican side, it has been the debate hosts, not the Republican National Committee, that set the rules for the debates. “The DNC may threaten to keep somebody out of a future debate, but it isn’t their invitation,” he said.
Of course, the major appeal of any debate—for both the trailing candidates and the hypothetical media entity that would host the debate—is a chance to the challengers share the stage (and possibly upstage) Clinton. The front-runner made it clear this week, however, that she’ll only attend events sanctioned by the DNC.