The debate Wednesday between the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders won’t get distasteful, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told reporters in Miami.
“We’re going to talk about the issues,” Perez said according to a report in New York Magazine. “We don’t want to talk about hand size, we want to talk about the issues, we want to talk about healthcare, we want to talk about climate.”
Perez was referencing a 2016 Republican debate on Fox News where then-GOP nominee Donald Trump hit back at Marco Rubio for criticizing the size of his hands.
“I have to say this, he hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands,” Trump said. “I’ve never heard of this one. Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you.”
Perez also took aim at the fact that the 2016 general election debates didn’t include questions on climate change.
“Healthcare’s a Number One issue that voters are talking about all the time,” he said. “Growing an economy that works for everyone, addressing climate change, what’s going on at the border — and what we’re learning about the mistreatment of young children is unconscionable, and I want to make sure that people know what the candidates think.”
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