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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE mocked Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTom Hanks weighs in on primary: 'Anybody can become president' GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' 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 WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (Mass.).

The debate Thursday night will feature more top contenders, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE (Calif.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg 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."