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Fri May 24, 2019, 07:43 PM

DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery

DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery
By Jonathan Easley - 05/24/19 04:22 PM EDT

Democratic candidates for president or their representatives will be involved when the Democratic National Committee (DNC) does a lottery to determine who stands on stage during the party’s initial two-day debate, DNC Chairman Tom Perez told The Hill in an exclusive interview.

Perez said the DNC hadn’t determined the “precise methodology” for the random draw yet, but he said the process would be transparent and the candidates or their representatives would be involved.

“We’ll certainly make sure we do it in a way that is transparent for all of the candidates involved because obviously we want them to see for themselves that we meant what we said,” Perez said, seated on a brown leather couch in his DNC office overlooking South Capitol Street.

Perez, who previously served as a civil rights lawyer in former President Obama’s Justice Department, is tasked with managing a process that involves two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, the most by far in recent history.

It appears increasingly likely that 20 of the candidates will make the stage for the June 26 and June 27 debates in Miami — 10 on each night.

That makes the lottery to determine who debates when a pivotal moment and leaves presidential candidates in a high-stakes lottery, like NBA teams hoping to get a favored spot.



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Fri May 24, 2019, 07:52 PM

1. Using the polls I would seat them....

1,3,5 as one debate
2,4,6 in the other
And the rest fill by lottery

If they do it all by lottery and wind up with the 4-5 leading candidate in one debate, very few people will watch the other debate

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