Hillary Clinton may be the only Democrat officially in the race for the White House, but the head of her party doesn’t expect it to stay that way long.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who doubles as chair of the Democratic National Committee, is so convinced that there will be a contested primary for the presidential nomination that she has has begun planning for “a series of sanctioned debates that we expect our presidential candidates will participate in,” she told C-SPAN’s Newsmakers program on Friday. Referring to Bloomberg’s poll showing that Democrats want a challenge to Clinton, Wasserman Schultz said, “I expect that voters who believe we should have a Democratic primary will get their wish.”
If she’s not careful, she’ll wake up with the severed head of a microphone at the bottom of her bedcovers.
Wasserman Schultz said she has been talking about the planned debate series with both official candidates (so far, there’s only one) and potential entrants. She mentioned Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, former Senator (and Governor) Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Senator Bernie Sanders—although she noted that Sanders, a Vermont independent, would have to change parties to qualify for a Democratic primary.
Clinton started the final day of her first campaign trail trip on Thursday by having coffee with a group of five local leaders in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Business Insider spoke with most of the attendees, and they explained the high level of secrecy that surrounded the event one of them dubbed “the thrill of a lifetime.” There were warnings about leaks, drives to undisclosed locations, and a campaign staffer who confiscated the guests’ cellphones ahead of the sitdown.
Oh, the warmth! The realism!
Mike Yowell, a local LBGT activist, said he was expecting to talk with Price about having Clinton speak to his group, the Council Bluffs Community Alliance, at some point during the campaign. When he got to the place where they planned to meet, the Village Inn, Yowell realized Clinton would be in attendance when Price asked him to sign a form.
“I get there, and the first thing he said was, ‘I need you to sign this release.’ And I said, ‘Why? Who’s going to be here?'” Yowell explained. “
I can’t believe Debbie, as a woman, would undercut her fellow, down-to-earth woman in such a way. Doesn’t she understand that Hillary would be the first woman president? Run, Debbie, run!