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Special Interview With DNC Chair Tom Perez And A Look Ahead To Tonight’s Dem Debate




Tom Perez Chairman of the Democratic National Committee speaks on stage ahead of the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019.
Tom Perez Chairman of the Democratic National Committee speaks on stage ahead of the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019.
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Seven Democratic candidates meet Thursday night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for the sixth debate of the year. It comes on the heels of a historic House vote to impeach President Donald Trump. 

The debate almost didn’t come together when several top candidates threatened to skip out on it due to a labor dispute and planned picketing. According to the Los Angeles Times, Unite Here Local 11, which represents food service workers at the center of the dispute, has said the workers came to a tentative agreement with contractor Sodexo. So, the debate is happening. Presidential candidates taking the stage tonight include Joe Bide, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. According to Vox, nine of the candidates running for office penned a letter encouraging the Democratic National Committee to relax qualification requirements for the debates in order to enhance diversity. Sen. Cory Booker, who didn’t qualify for the sixth debate at LMU, led the request.

Today on AirTalk, DNC Chairman Tom Perez sits down with Larry to discuss the latest happenings within the Democratic party and what to expect ahead of the debate. Plus our political analysts join the conversation to share their perspective on what’s to come.   

Guests:

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Obama (2013-2017); he was also the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2009-2013 and tweets @TomPerez

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

Nomiki Konst, founding member and board director of the newly launched PAC, Matriarch, which aims to help progressive working class women run for office; former member of the DNC Unity Reform Commission, which worked to increase participation in the Democratic Party and reform the presidential primary process; former Bernie Sanders surrogate in 2016; she tweets @NomikiKonst

Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @jpitney