Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate on the basis of criteria that appear increasingly absurd.”


TULSI 2020

Call on the DNC to ensure fairness and transparency in debate requirements

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I'll be blunt: without your help, we may not make the third debate. It's true that because of you, we've blown past the required 130,000 unique donors. And Tulsi has racked up over 26 polls at or above the 2% threshold for the third debate. But only two of those polls are deemed "certified" by the DNC's seemingly arbitrary criteria, which they have not made public. 

And get this - many of the uncertified polls are ranked by Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight as more accurate than some DNC "certified" polls. After examining the list of certified and non-certified polls, Michael Tracey wrote in Real Clear Politics, "Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate on the basis of criteria that appear increasingly absurd." 

Click here to add your name to call on the DNC to make their standards clear and consistent, and accept robust, highly-rated polls by organizations such as The Boston Globe and The Economist that have rated Tulsi at 2% or above.

It's not only about which polls were certified, it's also the fact that hardly any certified polls have been released at all since the second debate! Tulsi had an amazing performance in the second debate and interest in her spiked across the country as we saw her become the most Googled candidate for the second time running, grassroots donations poured in and volunteers offered their time and energy to our movement. We were counting on the polls to capture that interest and momentum. But they never came. 

Only one certified poll came out the week after the debate. As of today, only four of the DNC's list of sixteen qualifying polling organizations have released any new polls following the second debate in Detroit. If the DNC is serious about including candidates based on their grassroots momentum, they need to step up and ensure that the polls they certify have a chance to capture that momentum. The American people are speaking - and they want to know more about Tulsi. But by restricting the number and frequency of certified polls based on arbitrary criteria, the DNC is turning a deaf ear and taking our power away. 

Don't let the DNC take our power away. Add your name to stand up for a Democratic Party and government that is truly of, by and for the people. 

Crucial decisions that impact our elections should not be made in secret by party bosses. Those decisions must be made openly, with clear and consistent standards and a sufficient window of opportunity for candidates to demonstrate genuine grassroots momentum and enthusiasm. This is about democracy. This is about the rights of the American people. This is about all of us having the opportunity to make our voices heard.

Thanks for all that you do,

Vrindavan, TULSI2020

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