Democrats Announce Six-Debate Schedule; N.H. Debate Slated For December

Aug 6, 2015

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The Democratic National Committee announced it will hold six presidential primary debates, including a Dec. 19 debate in Manchester.

“We’re proud to be a co-host of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate in December and we’re looking forward to hearing the Democratic candidates lay out their visions for our country’s future," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Not everyone is excited about the limited debate schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been trailing in the polls, was immediately critical.

"The number of debates should be dictated by the voters, not @TheDemocrats in Washington," he tweeted, including a graphic showing Democrats held 16 debates in 2008.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has also called for more debates.

The first debate is slated for Oct. 13 in Nevada, followed by a November debate in Iowa. 

Three more debates will be held in early 2016 in South Carolina, Miami and Wisconsin.