Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding the ongoing controversy of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz refusing to allow more Democrat debates:
"Any attempt to coronate a presidential candidate hurts our First-in-the-Nation presidential primary. Top Democrat elected officials backing Hillary Clinton should not place their loyalty to her over New Hampshire's political tradition," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan, Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, Congresswoman Ann Kuster and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter owe Granite Staters an explanation as to why other candidates aren't being given a fair shot at the nomination. Instead of shielding Hillary Clinton and pushing her presidential coronation, they should respond to the concerns voiced by grassroots activists and take a clear position on allowing more Democrat debates."
Top Democrat elected officials and activists, including Senators Martha Fuller Clark and Lou D'Allesandro, have already called on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to allow more debates. This past Saturday at the New Hampshire Democrat Party convention, Wasserman-Schultz's speech was drowned out by chants calling for more debates.
This morning's editorial in the Union Leader called out Governor Hassan for protecting Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, declaring "the fix is in." On Sunday's CloseUp on WMUR-TV, Governor Hassan refused to say whether the Democrat Party should hold more presidential debates.
Terry McAuliffe, another Democrat governor backing Hillary Clinton, made his position clear on the issue of more debates, defending the current schedule and giving his constituents a straight answer on where he stands.
CNN: "Calls For More Democratic Presidential Primary Debates Grew So Loud...That The Party's Chairwoman Had To Raise Her Voice...Chants Of 'More Debates' And 'We Want More Debates' -- As Well As Some Boos -- Greeted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz" "Calls for more Democratic presidential primary debates grew so loud at a party convention in New Hampshire Saturday that the party's chairwoman had to raise her voice during her opening remarks and break from her speech to shout back at attendees. Chants of "More debates" and "We want more debates" -- as well as some boos -- greeted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she took the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention in Manchester." (Eugene Scott, Dan Merica and Cassie Spodak, "DNC chair heckled with calls for more debates," CNN, 9/19/15)
Politico: "Terry Mcauliffe - A Close Hillary Clinton Ally And Former Democratic National Committee Chairman - Pushed Back...Against Calls For Democrats To Add More Debates To Their Primary Schedule" "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe - a close Hillary Clinton ally and former Democratic National Committee chairman - pushed back on Saturday against calls for Democrats to add more debates to their primary schedule, telling POLITICO that six debates "gave candidates the platform they needed" when he chaired the DNC in 2004." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "McAuliffe: 6 debates are enough for Democrats," Politico, 9/19/15)
Union Leader: "From The Debate Schedule To The Early Endorsements From Figures Such As U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen And Gov. Maggie Hassan, The Fix Is In For Clinton. Democratic Voters Might Ask Themselves Why The Establishment Feels The Need To Go To Such Lengths To Protect Its Candidate From The Voters' Judgment." (Editorial, "Protecting Hillary: All over but the shouting," Union Leader, 9/21/15)