WASHINGTON, DC – In a memo released to democrats Monday morning, the Democratic National Committee is requiring that democrats opt-out, otherwise they’ll be automatically entered into the 2020 democratic primary race.
“The very core of the Democratic Party is at stake in this election, and it is imperative that we lead with our values,” began the memo emailed personally by DNC Chairman Tom Perez. “Because of this, every eligible Democrat in America will be automatically declared a candidate, unless you click the opt-out hyperlink at the bottom of this email. Your FEC paperwork is already filed, and you’ll be required to hold an impromptu press conference or go on a local or national talk show announcing your candidacy, and attend at least three debates on the dates of our choosing”.
Candidates are also required to set up a policy-void website that must include a fundraising link to the Democratic National Committee.
This move by the DNC is sure to add at least 20 Million candidates to the already crowded democratic field, and is seen by some as a means for the DNC to reign in progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Tulsi Gabbard by flooding the field with family and friends that people will likely vote for.
“By not opting-out, you are essentially signing a pledge that you will stand for protecting the affordable care act and a better deal for all Americans. Better jobs, higher wages, lowered cost of living for families, and the tools to succeed in the 21st century,” continued the memo.
Upon clicking the opt-out link, democrats are directed to a page in which they must pledge support to Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, or Joe Biden.
CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza praised the move, saying “by opening up the field of candidates, Americans are going to have to take a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of the millions of candidates, and I think that they’ll start seeing the leadership qualities of candidates like Kamala Harris, who has so far run a flawless campaign. If she has a strong showing in Iowa and South Carolina, the treasure trove of California delegates will be right around the corner waiting for her”.
Some democrats have expressed surprise at finding themselves a presidential candidate including Amanda Carpenter, a social studies teacher from Altoona, telling BeatPress “I guess I’m running for President?”. When pressed for her policy positions, Carpenter added “I like this medicare for all idea, as well as strong unions – most of the things that Bernie is for, I’m for, so I guess that’s my position”.
Carpenter has surprised pundits by polling at 11% in a recent Emerson poll of Pennsylvania voters, indicating that the race to the White House is far from over.