The language, which was rejected – inserted at the request of climate change activists during a highly contentious meeting of the Committee on Resolutions on Thursday – said the DNC, "will continue to encourage candidates to participate in forums specific to many candidates with candidates to appear on the same stage, to participate in each other's discussions. "
Democratic presidential candidates cannot appear together on stage outside of the DNC debates.
The committee's approved Thursday language" essentially removed the ban on candidates from appearing together on a forum or forum stage. candidate for election, "Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Tina Podlodowski told CNN. DNS members won 222-1
The text approved by the committee also contradicts the resolution itself, stating: "The DNC has come to the conclusion that it cannot hold debates on a specific topic, nor can it agreed to requests for such a debate by individual presidential candidates. "
He continues to call on the DNC and" its partners and organizations to organize climate-specific forums and invite all candidates to attend and speak in such forums. "
Resolution calling for a debate on the climate crisis directly , was also rejected by the commission on Thursday, with the support of more than 60 members of the DNS.
The intensity of the discussion language reached its head in San Francisco, where activists – many of them from the Sunrise Movement, which strongly advocates a Green New Deal – – p They attended the DNC meeting to continue their monthly demand for a climate change debate among Democratic candidates.
Group members held signs in support of the debate and interrupted the committee's silent Thursday meeting.
Simon Sanders, Senior Campaign Advisor Joe Biden 2020, who works for the Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign, was hissed and whistled for not supporting calls. for the debate. She pointed out that candidates for climate forums are participating to show that they take the issue very seriously.
This did not quell the disappointment of activists in the House, many of whom left powerless after the debate was rejected.
Podlodowski, in order to use the language that was approved, organized a group Friday evening to collect signatures from DNS members to submit to Perez, asking him to allow such an event. She hopes to have more than 100 signatures by Saturday morning, including more than 60 people who sponsored the original resolution.
Proponents of the DNS decision not to resolve single-issue debates voiced strong concern that special interest groups on issues the party supports, such as veterans, race and poverty, would feel eliminated if their problems were excluded from the sanctioned debate. And DNS officials have so far been firmly in their decision, expressing concern that changing the rules now so long after the start of the presidential race will be unfair to candidates.
On Saturday, when the vote was under way, protesters directed the chants of Perez's "leadership failure", which voted alone to abide by the rules of the DNC. However, the announced vote was not met with much response from the crowd.
Veronica Strakcaloursi of CNN contributed to this report from Washington.