Democratic presidential hopeful and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders advocated Sunday for more Democratic primary debates, including some run by labor unions.
“I’d like to see the DNC have more debates,” Bernie Sanders told Face the Nation host John Dickerson. “I would like to see labor union groups. I would like to see environmental groups, women’s groups, gay groups … different constituencies, host events and have us debate. So I believe the more debates, the better.”
Sanders was disappointed with a recent decision by the Democratic National Committee to hold only six primary debates between October 2015 and March 2016. Sanders argued the committee, along with other groups and affiliations, should hold more debates.
“What’s more important to me is I think in this country today, we need serious debate about serious issues,” he added. “There’re so many major problems facing our country. I think more debates is better. And I think having different organizations sponsor debates outside of the DNC makes a lot of sense to me.”
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