DNC chairman: 'There will be nobody talking about hand size' at debates

DNC chairman: 'There will be nobody talking about hand size' at debates
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MIAMI — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Wednesday he’s not worried that the debate between the 2020 contenders will get nasty.

“We’re going to talk about the issues,” Perez told reporters just hours before the first of this week's two debates was set to kick off. “There will be nobody talking about hand size. There will be nobody talking about silly nicknames for their opponents. We’ll leave that to the Republicans.”

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During a 2016 Republican primary debate, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE mocked Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.), saying "Little Marco" has small hands. 

The 2016 Republican debates were also marked by frequent tussles between Trump and the rest of the GOP contenders.

Perez said he believes the 2020 Democrats are largely on the same page but will litigate their differences over policy proposals without getting personal or nasty.

“I think people want to know, what do you stand for, what are you going to fight for, and will you fight for the issues that matter to me, and can you defeat Donald Trump?” Perez said.

"Those are the basic issues that voters are going to analyze, that alignment of values and how they square up," he added. "People will look for their values and look for evidence of who can take the fight to Donald Trump."

Ten Democrats will debate Wednesday night, led by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (Mass.).

The debate Thursday night will feature more top contenders, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE all sharing the stage.

The debate stage was set at random, and Perez pushed back on the idea that one night has more star wattage than the other.

"Not in the least," Perez said, saying Democrats have "a great field of candidates."

"We have a deep bench of candidates, and this is the sixth mile of the marathon, and who is going to win the marathon? I have no idea," he said. "I do know that we have a deep bench of candidates and what we’ll see tonight, tomorrow and next month is the opportunity for everybody around the country to see this deep bench and kick the tires and make the judgment for who they want to support."