Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez defended the party’s decision not to hold a presidential primary debate solely focused on climate change. If the Democratic Party agrees to provide a special platform for climate change discussion, then advocates for other causes will expect the same, Perez said. Candidates who want a venue to discuss it at length before voters, can participate in a forum hosted by someone other than DNC. The candidate forums are separate from debates.
By Steve Contorno. Tampa Bay Times. June 9, 2019 .