Gabbard slams 'the DNC and their corporate media partners' for shutting her out of next debate

Gabbard slams 'the DNC and their corporate media partners' for shutting her out of next debate
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE (D-Hawaii) slammed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and "their corporate media partners" on Tuesday for not allowing her to participate in next week's debate that is slated to feature former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Test detects signs of dementia at least six months earlier than standard method The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away MORE (I-Vt.).

The pushback from Gabbard comes after the DNC announced new qualifying standards on Friday for the March 15 Arizona debate that will be broadcasted on CNN and Univision.

The new standards leave the Hawaii congresswoman off the stage.


"You hear a lot of talk. We just celebrated International Women's Day and the progress that women are making around the world," Gabbard told anchor Shannon BreamShannon BreamFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins Sen. Capito optimistic that 'real compromise' can be reached in infrastructure plan Buttigieg defends Biden's 'responsible' budget plan amid bipartisan criticism MORE on "Fox News at Night." 

"But when it comes to actually making sure that — in this presidential primary — that the only woman candidate left in the race, the only woman of color, and the first female combat veteran ever to run for the presidency has a voice, the DNC and their corporate media partners say, 'No thanks. Actually, that's not what we want the American people hear,'" she added. 

Gabbard, 38, also argued that the DNC's decision to change qualifying rules is a "greater disservice" to voters who will "not have the opportunity to make that best-informed decision about who our next commander in chief should be."

"We're not seeing these other candidates bringing to the forefront the issues that I am about the need to bring, this sea change in our foreign policy, to stop waging these wasteful regime change wars toppling dictators in other countries, the new Cold War nuclear arms race, all of which are not making us any safer," Gabbard said.

"And instead, redirect our taxpayer dollars towards really serving the very urgent pressing needs that the American people here at home all across the country are very concerned about. Things like the coronavirus, for example," she added.

Gabbard earned two delegates as a result of her second-place finish in the U.S. territory American Samoa, which, under previous DNC rules, qualified her for the March 15 debate. 

"State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSenate Democrat says he will 'settle' for less aggressive gun control reform 'because that will save lives' Omar calls McCarthy 'a liar and a coward' for reaction to Boebert comments Mississippi governor says he will enforce law banning most abortions in state if Roe is overturned MORE and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as moderators for the debate in Phoenix.