Former DNC Chair Rendell: Party Made 'Mistake' by Barring Fox News From Hosting Dem Debates
Former Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell said on "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday he believes it was a "mistake" for the party to bar Fox News Channel from hosting debates during the 2020 campaign.
Appearing along with former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Rendell said Democrats are missing an opportunity.
"Even if we can persuade three percent of Fox viewers, three percent last time out carries Michigan," Rendell said, referencing one of the blue-collar states narrowly won by President Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Fox News and several of its reporters and anchors expressed disappointment in the decision, which was announced Wednesday by DNC Chairman Tom Perez.
"We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters," Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Sammon said in a statement.
That’s really a shame. When it comes to fairness - our news product speaks for itself. We will continue to cover this 2020 race fairly & will continue to invite Democrats- Republicans & Independents on to talk about key issues & substance with our very large viewing audience https://t.co/z0TdftcVmz
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) March 6, 2019
Our large audience deserves to hear ALL the candidates who are running for the Presidency of the United States. We welcome them all, with our continued commitment to fair, professional journalism. I hope the #DNC will reconsider this decision. https://t.co/Hhep0b2nJK
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) March 6, 2019
The former Pennsylvania governor said Perez is doing a good job, but he's "confident" Fox News Channel would present a fair debate with the candidates.
Huckabee agreed with Rendell, but said both parties need to take control of the debates and totally change the current system.
"I think the whole process it out of control. ... It's turned into a TV show, not an honest forum. The questions are often ridiculous and insulting," he said.
Watch the discussion above and Tucker Carlson's reaction below.