The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that it will sanction no fewer than six debates between the candidates for the presidential nomination, a group that at this point formally includes only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The large number of debates is likely to be welcomed by candidates with less name recognition, as it offers them more opportunities to engage Clinton and build their own profile.
The debates will begin this fall, the committee said.
“We’ve always believed that we would have a competitive primary process, and that debates would be an important part of that process,” said Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida representative, in a statement. “Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters multiple opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, but will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress–no matter whom our nominee may be.”
Each of the four early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada will host a debate, the committee said. More information, including cities, dates, and debate partners, will be released later, the committee said.
On Twitter, Clinton wrote that she was “looking forward to a real conversation.”
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