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.”


During a 2016 Republican primary debate, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE mocked Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal ACLU targets Democrats, Republicans with mobile coronavirus billboards 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 WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (Mass.).

The debate Thursday night will feature more top contenders, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board MORE (Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win 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."