DNC sanctions six debates; activists urge Fox boycott

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Thursday it would sanction six presidential debates beginning in July and continuing at a pace of one a month.

“Debates provide an important opportunity for voters to hear directly from our outstanding Democratic candidates about their vision for America,” DNC Chairman Howard Dean said in a statement. “I’m pleased the DNC can help play a role in facilitating such an important dialogue with our candidates. Given our strong, dynamic and diverse field of Democratic candidates and the great enthusiasm voters already have expressed, we can expect a lively, thoughtful discussion of the issues.”

The DNC also announced that the conservative Fox News network would not participate in the sanctioned events. However, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute has joined with Fox News to sponsor a debate.