Having Twelve Candidates on the Same Stage is Ludicrous.

From left, Marianne Williamson, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock take the stage for the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Do you want to hear in-depth policy discussions among the leading Democratic Presidential Candidates when they meet again in Columbus, Ohio on October 15?

Of course, you do?

Are you going to get it?

No, because the Democratic National Committee, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that 12 candidates (with Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer qualifying) will share the stage on one evening.

Having ten candidates on a stage was problematic enough.

Having 12 is ludicrous.

The solution is obvious.

Spread the debate over two evenings.

Some may say another solution would be to reduce the number of candidates on the stage.

That may be counterproductive this early in the process.

People need to remember that historically speaking candidates like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, or Barack Obama were not considered the favorites to land the nomination at this time in their respective races.

Even if Chairperson Tom Perez and his team have to adjust the rules to let people like Steve Bullock and Michael Bennet in the debates, it would be better to have two nights with six or seven candidates discussing the issues in greater depth than the glorified sound bite fest disaster that everyone is going to see on October 15.

The American People deserve to see the candidates probed and their positions scrutinized more than just letting the contenders get away with regurgitating prepared one to two-minute responses memorized on q cards.

Having 12 people on the stage will not give all the information primary voters need to help make informed decisions on who the best Democratic nominee should be.

The DNC should reconsider its decision to put all the candidates on the stage in one night for the good of the country.

Spread the debate over two nights.


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Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.