The sudden departure of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) from the DNC presidential race has shaken up the scene in multiple ways. Some California Democrats who had their eye on the political landscape are shifting their priorities in response. Additionally, some Americans, including other presidential hopefuls, are concerned about the thinning of diversity among the remaining candidates.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Julián Castro are among the most outspoken critics of a currently all-white DNC roster scheduled to show up at the next debate.
Booker shared his concerns with MSNBC officials.
“I’m a little angry, I have to say, that we started with one of the most diverse fields in our history, giving people pride. And it’s a damn shame now that the only African American woman in this race, who has been speaking to issues that need to be brought up, is now no longer in it.”
Castro, on the other hand, took to Twitter.
The media’s flawed formula for “electability” has pushed aside women and candidates of color.
Our party’s diversity is our strength, and it’s a shame that we’re headed for a December debate without a single person of color.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) December 4, 2019
Andrew Yang, an Asian-American, currently only needs to qualify for one more poll to make the next debate, which could make him the only non-white DNC candidate on stage.
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