The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is calling her vice chair a liar. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now denying that Tulsi Gabbard was not invited to tonight's Democratic debate -- instead, the chair is saying that her vice chair chose not to come.
But as the New York Times reported just yesterday, "Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Nevada after she appeared on television and called for more face-offs."
Here's Wasserman Schultz on MSNBC suggesting Gabbard is not telling the truth:
"What about your vice chair, Tulsi Gabbard, the congresswoman from Hawaii, she says you told her she could not come here today. That doesn't sound inclusive," said MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
"Yeah," said the chair, "that's simply not the case."
"She’s welcome to come here?"
"The congresswoman was asked to focus on our candidates on the issues that are important to Americans to draw a contrast with the Republicans," Wasserman Schultz claimed.
"But she says there should be more than six debates."
"And we are a big tent party and welcome those opinions. But this debate and every debate going forward is about the issues. She is continuing to focus on process which she's entitled to do. But we asked her if she could focus on those issues and she chose not to come because I guess she can't."
"She says that you said she can't come."
"That is simply not the case. What we said as my staff communicated to her staff, is that she needed to focus on the issues and make a commitment to do that, and in fact, she said yesterday in a news interview that if she came, she would be a distraction and so she chose not to come," claimed Wasserman Schultz.
Martin O'Malley has continued to be a thorn in the side of the Democratic National Committee. Over the past few weeks, he's publicly criticized the DNC and its chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for limiting debates in order to help Hillary Clinton. Schultz hasn't taken it lightly.
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Martin O'Malley, the Democratic presidential candidate, accused the chairwoman of his party of rigging the primary process for Hillary Clinton. Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday, O'Malley praised vice chairs of the Democratic National Committee who have called for more primary debates. The former Maryland governor has been agitating for more debates than the six already announced by the DNC.
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Asked directly by CNN's Wolf Blitzer whether she would vote to support President Obama's Iran deal, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz demurred, saying:
"I am in the middle of really reviewing it and looking at all of the moving parts to the Iran deal. I've had many administration briefings, I've talked to experts on both sides of the deal, and I'm gonna go home and speak to my constituents who have been weighing in, and I'll reach a conclusion on what I'm gonna do with my vote once I really feel like I've been able to thoroughly review the whole deal."
Democrats have not had to answer for the actions of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who offered to change a policy position in exchange for not being criticized, and threatened to paint President Obama as anti-Semitic and anti-women). Or for the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (which accepts foreign donations). Or for Joe Biden (who said last week he knows Somalis because "there’s an awful lot driving cabs").
Florida congresswoman and chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz might have been the subject of a federal investigation, suggests a former Democratic politician and ex-con. Politico reports that Wasserman Schultz "offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her."