A very serious issue has come to light, and that is the issue of the Democratic party debates possibly not being viewed by young people. The issue however isn’t people themselves, its the awkward scheduling of the debates on weekend nights when young people, and people in general are most notably away from their homes and televisions.
Three consecutive Democratic debates are being held on weekend evenings, One has already passed and the next one is this Saturday. Why is this irregular and disturbing ? Well because chances are you didn’t watch the last one, and you wont be at home to watch the next one. This is a major set back for the access to the knowledge the American audience receives from these debates, about the future possible leaders of their country.
In comparison to the republican Debates; The first weekend republican debate will be February 6th all other republican debates have been during the week since August.
3 democratic debates straight are being held during times when people are usually not watching TV, ironically right before the primaries. If you are not familiar with what the primary is here is a quick explanation;
Each political party holds a primary election. The winner of a party’s primary election goes on to represent that party in the presidential election. After a primary winner is determined, the political party will officially nominate that winner at the party’s national convention.
Each political party is allowed only one candidate in the presidential election. Therefore, the primary election is the means to determine the party’s one official presidential candidate.
Lets look at some facts;
- The latest Democratic debate for the 2016 nomination on Nov 14th got the lowest ratings of any debate during the current presidential race
- Only 8.5 million people tuned into that Saturday night debate between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, according to overnight Nielsen ratings data
- By comparison, about 15.3 million people tuned in to the party’s first debate on Oct. 13; the most ever for a Democratic debate.
- Even more people watched the first two Republican events, on Fox News on Aug. 6 and CNN on Sept. 16, which garnered a whopping 25 million viewers and 23 million viewers, respectively
What do these facts tell us? That democrats are simply not supposed to watch these debates, they could possibly sway the voters away from the popular candidate at hand before the primaries. Who is the popular candidate? Non other than a former US presidents wife, and former New York senator Hilary Clinton. Why is this an idea? Because the only other popular contender has been heavily criticized for his “radical” socialist views that align with most lower and middle class American ideals and sentiments.
One: that education should be free, Two: that the prison industrial complex is wrong and needs to be dismantled due to the disproportionate imprisonment of minorities, and Three: that healthcare should be free for all citizens. Most politicians see these things as impossible and for some reason will not touch on these issues head on. But Senator Bernie Sanders believes they are achievable.
So should Americans give him a chance at fighting for the things that a lot of them demand? Perhaps, but a great majority will never know what he stands for if they never hear him speak, and the debates are a grand platform and stage for the voice of the candidates.
Here is the debate schedule for the rest of the year and into the new year, as always “stay in the need to know ”
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
CNN Democratic Primary Debate
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Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Sponsors: CNN, Nevada Democratic Party
Moderators: Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, and Dana Bash
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, Chafee
Saturday, November 14, 2015
CBS News Democratic Debate
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Aired On: CBS
Location: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsors: CBS News, KCCI, the Des Moines Register
Moderator: John Dickerson
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley
Saturday, December 19, 2015
ABC News Democratic Debate
8pm ET (7pm CT, 5pm PT)
Aired On: ABC (Live Stream)
Location: Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC News, New Hampshire Democratic Party
Moderators: David Muir and Martha Raddatz
Candidates: Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
NBC News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsors: NBC, Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Thursday, February 11, 2016
PBS Democratic Primary Debate
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Univision Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida
Sponsors: Univision, The Washington Post