DNC Chair Tom Perez speaks during a campaign event in Las Vegas on Sept. 7.
(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tom Perez has a plan for fixing the party’s 2016 presidential primary, one that includes holding more debates and a focus on getting out the vote.
On Monday, Perez released a plan that he hopes will be a blueprint for Democrats, as he seeks re-election in 2020.
It includes the same “fair and transparent” primary process the party adopted in 2020, with fewer debates, more debate moderators and an increased focus on voter engagement, Perez said.
In 2016, the DNC tried to address the complaints of the Bernie Sanders campaign and a group of Sanders supporters by launching a series of “fair, transparent and nonpartisan” debates, including a joint appearance with the candidates from both major parties.
The debates would have been televised by ABC, CBS and NBC.
But that plan ultimately backfired.
The Clinton campaign and others called them “fake debates,” while Sanders backers claimed the debates would allow the Clinton campaign to control the narrative.
The DNC’s 2016 debate schedule also included “smaller, more focused, more open” debates with “independent candidates, independent groups, third party candidates,” Perez said during a news conference in Las and Philadelphia on Monday.
“The DNC will now focus on making sure that our candidates have a chance to speak to voters directly, get the most out of our democratic process, get out to the people and win the White House,” Perez added.
The DNC has also begun a “fair” election by holding more “fairly” sized and contested primaries, Perez noted.
But it will take a “larger, bolder effort” to fix the process, he added.
On Thursday, the White in Chief released his plan, outlining his proposals for overhauling the Democratic primary process.
He said he wants to hold more debates, better moderators, and make more of them.
“I believe we should be looking at debates that are open, transparent, fair and fair,” Trump said on Fox News, adding that he believes the Democratic Party “shouldn’t have more debates.”
The White in President also said that his campaign has been talking to Democrats to see if there is room for a “more aggressive” debate schedule.
“It’s going to be very important that we get a fair, transparent election,” Trump added.
The Republican Party, which has dominated the Democratic primaries, has been “saying we have to do it in a fair way,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
The Democratic Party, meanwhile, is “looking at all options.”
The RNC said that it has “a plan in place to address these issues.”
The Democrats’ plans are also being considered by Republicans, who have said they want to “change the rules so that there are more debates,” and to ensure that they “re-write the rules for the general election.”
Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has also said he has “serious discussions” with Democrats about how they can “fix the 2016 primaries.”
“The RNC will continue to work with the DNC and our candidates to make sure that every American gets to vote on November 8,” Priebus said in a statement.