In a tense moment, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was repeatedly interrupted by chants of “more debates” at the Democratic State party convention in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday.
The DNC, which controls the party’s presidential primary debate process, has been under pressure for its decision to schedule only six debates for the 2016 campaign and to punish candidates who participate in unsanctioned debates.
In their most direct confrontation of the DNC over the debate issue thus far, supporters of Democratic candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders threatened to drown out Wasserman Schultz at times with chants and jeers during her remarks to the 3,500 activists gathered Saturday inside the cavernous Verizon Wireless Arena.
Wasserman Schultz had to shout over the chants as she moved through her prepared remarks attacking Republicans. Hundreds of activists held up signs calling for more debates, and organizers re-started the chants numerous times after each round died down.