Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Tuesday continued his attacks on national Democrats for what he says is an attempt to hand Hillary Clinton the party's nomination.
The former Maryland governor called the current structure -- the Democratic National Committee will hold only six primary debates -- "a coronation rather than an exchange of ideas."
"I have called upon Secretary Clinton in fact herself to call for more debates and the silence has been deafening," O'Malley told 1450AM radio in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
O'Malley said that until there are debates, questions over Benghazi and Clinton's emails will continue to overshadow news about candidate's positions and policy proposals on issues that matter to voters.
"This is the key issue in this race and we actually are advancing ideas, some of us, that will get wages to go up rather than down, that will make it easier for people to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages, that will cut our youth unemployment rate in half in three years with a universal access to national service," O'Malley stated. "These are the things that we need to be talking about and until we start having debates we're instead just going to see this year's inevitable frontrunner answering character questions from the 19 people running for the Republican nomination and their Fox News network."
"It's really, really shortsighted of the DNC and I think all of us as candidates have a responsibility not to abide by this silly restriction that New Hampshire only gets to have one debate before the primary," he declared. "What the hell have we come to as a Democratic Party that we're trying to cut off debates and turn our primary into a coronation rather than an exchange of ideas?"
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