Presidential candidate Steve Bullock continued to criticize the Democratic National Committee’s debate qualifying rules, as he will not appear on stage in September.
The Montana governor said it is still a long time away from the first votes being cast in the primary and people should have the opportunity to hear from as many candidates as possible.
The DNC’s rules required candidates to have at least 130,000 individual donors and have 2% or more in four approved polls.
“You know, our rules have ended up less inclusive than even the Republicans, which is unfortunate. I think we’ve empowered places like Facebook and Google, but that is what it is,” Bullock told MSNBC on Wednesday. “I mean my focus is going to continue to be — this week I’ll be doing a 12-stop tour from the state house to the White House. We have about a third of our counties in Iowa that voted Obama, Obama, Trump. And we’ve got to win back places like this if we’re going to win this election.”
Bullock said he and his team would look at participating in a nonsanctioned DNC debate because, “I think any time that I can be talking to voters, because at the end of the day that’s what this is all about.”
While hoping to use his ability of winning a state-wide race in an area that went to Trump, Bullock’s average polling is at 0.8%. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and billionaire Tom Steyer also did not meet the requirements to appear in the next debate.