The DNC Just Introduced A New Rule To Make The 2020 Debate Process More Inclusive

Democrats will hold 12 primary debates during the 2020 campaign season, and according to Refinery29, the Democratic National Committee has a plan to make that debate process more inclusive. The outlet reported Thursday that under new rules from the DNC, the moderators at every 2020 Democratic debate will be required to include at least one woman — and that’s not the only new rule.

"The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair debate process," DNC senior adviser Mary Beth Cahill told Refinery29. "That means that all 12 DNC sanctioned debates will feature a diverse group of moderators and panelists including women and people of color, ensuring that the conversations reflect the concerns of all Americans."

In 2016, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff became the first female duo to moderate a Democratic presidential debate, according to Politico. In totality, though, debate moderation is still largely a male-dominated space: Refinery29 reports that the majority of moderators during the 2008 and 2016 campaign cycles were men. The DNC’s decision may reflect a desire on the part of the national party to change that.

Although no moderators for the 2020 cycle have been announced yet, past primary debates have occasionally featured only one moderator; this, combined with the DNC’s new rules, could result in a debate — or debates — where there are no male moderators at all.

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