NBC News political director and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd uncharacteristically dug in at the Democratic National Committee late Tuesday night following the President’s State of the Union address — or, more specifically, after a post-address interview with surging Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
MSNBC’s post-debate round-up anchored by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews featured an interview with the Vermont Senator about his view on the State of the Union; inevitably, the topic of conversation pivoted to Sanders’ recent surge in polls. The grassroots-led candidate has risen the populist train to within the margin of error of presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Iowa, New Hampshire, and nationally.
Chuck Todd aired his frustrations on Tuesday night, holding the DNC accountable for not leveling the playing field in the party’s nomination process. Many have pointed to the relatively obscure debate schedule as evidence that DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz is padding the path for a Clinton nomination.
“They planned [the debates] at a time when Bernie Sanders was at five, six, seven percent in the polls,” replied Todd when asked why the Sanders camp would ever have agreed to the debate set-up. “So Hillary Clinton was calling the shots.”
“Look, I think it’s been a total debacle for the DNC. It’s embarrassing what’s happened. There is no debate scheduled for the week before Iowa, no debate scheduled for the week between Iowa and New Hampshire.”
Watch the above video from MSNBC.
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