Did The DNC Reject A Climate Change Debate To ‘Protect’ Joe Biden?

From The Daily Caller

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

The Democratic National Committee’s decision not to hold a climate debate upset environmentalists and has some wondering if it was an effort to help former Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy.

Democrats in favor of such a debate criticized the DNC for going against the wishes of primary voters. Republicans, on the other hand, wondered if the DNC is trying to protect Joe Biden’s status as the front runner of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

“It is designed specifically to protect Vice President Biden from being exposed either on his right or his left,” Mike McKenna, a Republican strategist, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

McKenna said voters would likely be turned off by a discussion of banning essential fuels, like oil and coal, getting rid of millions of jobs and raising energy prices Democratic climate plans range in cost from $2 trillion to $10 trillion.

“Who’s in favor of that kind of thing? No sentient voters,” McKenna said. “It sounds crazy and would be catastrophic, politically and economically.”

Democratic 2020 U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigns at the SPARK! educational center in Dallas
Democratic 2020 U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden gives a pep talk to Dallas County high school students during a campaign event at the SPARK! educational center in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Brandon Wade.

At least six Democratic presidential candidates, led by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, supported a climate-focused primary debate. Activists also pushed for a climate debate as a way to elevate global warming to a top-tier issue in the 2020 elections.

However, the DNC told Inslee’s campaign Wednesday it would not host a climate change debate and banned 2020 presidential candidates from taking part in an outside climate debate. DNC chair Tom Perez said he wanted to make sure all candidates can weigh in on multiple issues during debates.

“The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field, who want to debate the existential crisis of our time,” Inslee tweeted in response, echoing the sentiments of other Democrats and activists.

What some observers couldn’t help but note was the timing of the DNC’s announcement the day after Biden’s campaign fumbled the roll-out of his $6.7 trillion climate change plan. (RELATED: We Found Another Serious Gaffe In Biden’s Climate Change Plan. It’s Embarrassing)

Democratic presidential candidate and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California
Democratic presidential candidate and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam.

Liberal activists have already questioned Biden’s credibility on environmental issues. Allegations that Biden’s team plagiarized portions of his climate plan have only hardened their skepticism.

A Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman suggested the DNC’s decision not to hold a climate change debate risked enraging its base like in 2016. In that election, leaked emails suggested DNC officials skewed the primary to favor Hillary Clinton. This time, the DNC would be acting in Biden’s interest.

“In 2016, the base of the Democrat Party became enraged with the Democrat National Committee’s actions, and ahead of 2020, it looks like the DNC hasn’t learned anything.” RNC spokesman Steve Guest told TheDCNF.

The DNC did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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Dodgy Geezer
June 10, 2019 6:09 am

“Who’s in favor of that kind of thing? No sentient voters,” McKenna said….

There are sentient voters in the US? I never knew….

Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
June 10, 2019 7:13 am

Of course there are. Trump was elected.

Reply to  SMC
June 10, 2019 9:23 am


Bryan A
Reply to  Drake
June 10, 2019 10:36 am


John Endicott
Reply to  SMC
June 10, 2019 12:15 pm

Dodgy Geezer There are sentient voters in the US? I never knew….

SMC: Of course there are. Trump was elected.

True, however we are talking about the Democrat side of the isle here. There’s certainly room for a little incredulity at the thought of there being sentient Democrat voters given the current state of that party (after all AOC was elected by them) 😉

Bryan A
Reply to  John Endicott
June 10, 2019 2:32 pm

I’m certain there are a few sentient Dems, 2-3% did vote for Trump by voting against Hillary and Party

June 10, 2019 6:12 am

Image brushing is starting early this time around.

Bruce Cobb
June 10, 2019 6:27 am

Hilarious. Biden is an even weaker candidate than Hillary was, and he’s their “front-runner”? And getting kicked from both sides on climate and other issues is just icing on the cake. Trump is a shoo-in.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 10, 2019 7:27 am

Trump is a shoo-out. Already behind by double digits in the four normally-blue states that he barely won in 2016 that gave him his Electoral College majority. Same states that also went heavily blue in last November’s mid-term elections – so it’s not just polling data.

Democratic Party leaders, in particular Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate want to make the 2020 race all about pocket book issues including health care, and to return foreign policy practice to the formerly sane policies pre-Trump.

Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 8:10 am

Are these the same pollsters that had Hillary up by 15 points?

Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 8:28 am

‘Scuse me. All they are talking about is ‘get Trump’.

Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 8:49 am

“Trump is a shoo-out.”…and the democrats are an embarrassing clown show

..when the country gets a good look at the democrats….Trump wins

Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 8:57 am

Yes of course, that polling data was quite reliable in 2016, NOT…

Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 9:24 am

The problem with polls is you are doing the contacting , to register a vote they have be inspired enough to actually go and vote. I suspect given the choice at the moment it will have shades of Hillary all over again because you don’t really have a popular inspiring choice.

Bryan A
Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 10:35 am

Of course they do Duane, They want to eschew their climate change stance in an attempt to ensure electability. Once elected, their true colors will fly and Climate change issues will move to the forefront
Climate Change Issues:
Wealth Redistribution
Increasing Governmant Power
Increasing Government Regulations
Eliminating Capitalism
Ensuring Fascist Socialism
And likely bringing about a new Constitutional Convention to eliminate those pesky rights we have like the
1st ammentment
2nd ammendment (to disallow protection of the 1st)
3rd ammendment (to keep their strong hand in control)
4th ammendment (so they can’t loose power)
5th ammendment (to keep the opposition silent)
12th ammendment (to ensure they don’t lose power)
15th ammendment (to ensure only democrats can vote)
22nd ammendment (see 12th ammendment)

Joel Snider
Reply to  Bryan A
June 10, 2019 12:15 pm

Duane clearly doesn’t care about any of that.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 10:45 am

‘Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate want to make the 2020 race all about pocket book issues including health care, and to return foreign policy practice to the formerly sane policies pre-Trump.’

As far as I’m concerned, that idiotic statement alone pretty much nullifies anything Duane might say from here on out.

John Endicott
Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 12:17 pm

Already behind by double digits in the four normally-blue states that he barely won in 2016 that gave him his Electoral College majority

Which is the same story those same polls were telling in 2016. How’d that work out?

Reply to  John Endicott
June 10, 2019 3:24 pm

These numbers are obviously before Russian collusion. After that Trump wins! LOL.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Ron
June 10, 2019 4:27 pm

Of course the Dims and the press are still pushing that particular fraud.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Duane
June 10, 2019 4:58 pm

Come on Duane. Mid-terms almost always swing heavily to the opposite party of the President.

And as for the polls, please revisit this gem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNJMzX2y58

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 10, 2019 7:58 am

I’m guessing they’ve decided that Trump is going to win, so they might as well send out the no-hopers for this election.

Not that they really have anything else; I can’t think of any Democrat who’s actually capable of doing the job.

Reply to  MarkG
June 10, 2019 8:17 am

It’s Joe’s turn. Yes, it seems the DNC learned NOTHING from 2016. Nothing.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 10, 2019 4:19 pm

If Hillary hadn’t run one of the worst campaigns in modern history, she might have been able to win.

John in Oz
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 10, 2019 8:06 pm

How can anyone can put their faith in polls after Brexit, Trump and the recent Australian election result?

June 10, 2019 6:32 am

“At least six Democratic presidential candidates, led by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, supported a climate-focused primary debate”

They rejected a “climate change” debate because the topic is toxic to most candidates.
And because democrat candidates will out-loon each other in a public spectacle with specious easily debunked claims.

Reply to  ATheoK
June 10, 2019 7:54 am


Reply to  ATheoK
June 10, 2019 9:27 am

Yeah but they are not going to be able to hide when they hit the debate(s) in the presidency run up. I don’t get how they think they will be able to avoid it at that point.

John Endicott
Reply to  LdB
June 10, 2019 12:23 pm

The goal is to avoid as many of the red meat for the base debates in the primaries as possible so there’s less loony sound bites to bite them in the ass come the general election. They (the DNC) know that the primary debates will be a game of who can go the furthest left, which plays hot and heavy to the loony left base but leaves the middle and right completely cold.

Reply to  LdB
June 10, 2019 3:02 pm

Agreed LdB, except a debate specifically on “climate change” would amplify the lunacy.

What the DNC also fears is that the low ranking candidates in the polls will desperately try to pull down the high ranking candidates.
A classic case of the weak will not rise to the levels of the strong; the strong will dive down to wallow in the mud with the most lunatic candidates.

Debating beliefs and religions never goes well.

You are correct, LdB, the destruction the DNC is trying to avoid occurring in one public forum, the candidates will interject every day, every week, every month and especially every debate in which they participate.

Phase 2 is where the candidates have to explicitly describe funding their personal demand economic disasters.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ATheoK
June 10, 2019 5:44 pm

“Agreed LdB, except a debate specifically on “climate change” would amplify the lunacy.”

Just think how nutty that debate would get. Each candidate competing with the next to spend the most money on windmills.

I suppose the debate wouldn’t even touch on whether CAGW was real or not since “the science” is settled. So they would just try to one-up each other on virtue spending.

It’s all about the money as far as the Democrats are concerned. How much can they tax you, and how much does that give them to spend to buy future votes. That’s the Democrat debate.

Steve O
Reply to  ATheoK
June 10, 2019 9:34 am

100% on the money.

Paul Milenkovic
Reply to  Steve O
June 10, 2019 12:17 pm

How do they have a “debate” on climate change”

Will it go something like the SNL sketch, The Bubble?


Kevin kilty
June 10, 2019 6:33 am

I’d would love to read a transcript of the four dozen or so Democratic Presidential candidates debating a topic that not one of them can utter a single rational thought about–including sniffy Joe.

It would underscore Churchill’s quip when he said the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with an average man.

June 10, 2019 6:36 am

The DNC has a long history of doing whatever it takes to protect their chosen candidate.

Joel O'Bryan
June 10, 2019 6:38 am

We can be sure it will come up at the debates in September and October with Trump and whatever loser the Dems nominate to face him.

The RNC just needs to lay it out there. Run ads ahead of time on TV — starting with Obama’s 2008 video of him saying his plan will make electricity prices “skyrocket.” Talk of more wind turbines across every landscape. Gas pump prices at $6-$8/gal to match Europe. Unreliable electricity like Venezuela delivered with socialist economics. No more weekend pleasure boats. No ATVs. No more long distance car trips with the kids to Disney World. Airline tickets starting at $1,000 and going up from there. And oh yeah, the rich eleites, not fazed one bit on an impact to their lifestyle of travels, jets, vacay homes, yachts.

The Bloombergs, Steyers, Rockefellers, and even multimillionaire Obama’s … no impact to their lifestyle, while middle America pays for it all with vastly higher electricity.

Kevin Lohse
June 10, 2019 6:44 am

So the DNC don’t realise that the Green Nude Eel genie is out of the bottle? The uproar from the extreme Left/ Green activist base will keep the rest of us amused for weeks as the DNC twists and turns before being forced to concede under the threat of a split in the Democrat party vote, with the consequent loss of authority. Trump will play merry Hell and his climate science review will give him all the ammunition he needs. Trump looks a surer bet for 2020 with every passing day.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Kevin Lohse
June 10, 2019 6:49 am

Is the Climate Science Review panel still a thing? Haven’t heard a peep out of them.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 10, 2019 8:30 am

I think they are busy reviewing, Jeff. However, I’d expect a report to have some political timing driving the release, perhaps after the Dem nominee has committed to every known green socialist boondoggle.

Personally, I’m looking forward to their findings and hope they will put something out there soon, but I won’t hold my breath..

Brent Hargreaves
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 10, 2019 8:48 am

How I wish that Britain were as sensible as the US. Here we have a “Climate Change Committee” that wants us to all go and live in yurts.

Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
June 10, 2019 12:59 pm

– you write: –
“How I wish that Britain were as sensible as the US. Here we have a “Climate Change Committee” that wants us to all go and live in yurts.”
I disagree, I fear.
They want most of us dead.


Jeff Alberts
June 10, 2019 6:48 am

Wow. Inslee’s got his fake tan going. He didn’t get that tan in Seattle, I can tell you that.

J Mac
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 10, 2019 11:21 am

Jay Inslee has hardly been in Washington state, since he initiated his campaign to be appointed the next head of the EPA in a socialist democrat administration. He has no chance of becoming President. He’s targeting the ‘Miss EnvironMental EPA’ award, in the current democrat beauty pageant.

He is the intellectual and integrity twin of Al Gore.

Joel Snider
Reply to  J Mac
June 10, 2019 12:16 pm

Washington state can only benefit from his absence.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  J Mac
June 10, 2019 5:58 pm

Gore isn’t stupid. He’s made many millions off this scam. Inslee on the other hand, not too smart.

Tom Halla
June 10, 2019 6:50 am

The Democratic Party has a disconnect between some major donors, who are avid greens, and the plurality of their voters, who are rather indifferent. If the party presents itself as green, they lay themselves open to an attack as elitists indifferent to the benefit of the people who want to radically raise energy prices.
Most of the green sales pitches are radically dishonest as to the actual cost of their programs, and flatly misstate the relative costs and benefits.
But, it can be argued, that is ordinary behavior for the left, so any close examination of their proposals is something they wish to avoid if possible.

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 10, 2019 7:28 am

That is why they sometimes have some kind of complicated rebate scheme attached, and claim that the ambiguous evil corporations and big oil will pay for it.

June 10, 2019 7:05 am

I give up on both sides…

democrats are like a moving target….and the republicans refuse to even fire a shot

they are all the swamp…have us all divided..waving our little red and blue flags like it makes one bit of difference

..and don’t kid yourself…both sides hate Trump…he’s not from the pool…and that’s why he won

Reply to  Latitude
June 10, 2019 10:32 am


The Dems are the Left Wing of the Uniparty and the Repubs are the Right Wing of the Uniparty. The “Democrat or Republican” choice is an illusion, a charade kept up so the plebes think they have a say in matters of governance.

Only a handful of Representatives are working for the people who elected them. The rest are working for their paymasters, the ones who make them multi-millionaires on a slightly less than $200,000/year salary, which doesn’t go very far in one of the highest cost of living areas in the Nation.

June 10, 2019 7:16 am

I still believe A Ocasio-Cortez’s blueprint is the only one that can save the US

Most importantly there will be Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to

And she is guaranteeing – at some point – to rid us of farting cows

There is a sign on the wall in Nicolas Maduro’s office that reads: <You don't have to be Maduro to work here – but it helps

June 10, 2019 7:57 am

Management of assorted crazies is a difficult job. There is 97 percent consensus on that.

R Shearer
June 10, 2019 8:01 am

But Joe very much looks forward to meeting Greta and her younger siblings.

June 10, 2019 8:08 am

Soycialist Holthaus passive-aggressively insinuates that Michael Mann isn’t as pure and righteous as he is,


then has a sad when MM unfollows him. Best comment on feed.

Its awesome when climate fraud cultists fight over the flavor of the Koolaide.


Reply to  icisil
June 10, 2019 11:53 am

Oh my lord that Holthaus person is a piece of work. What kind of crazy world do these cult members live in with this bizarre social policing? These people are in a doomsday cult. What is the use of raising up the voices of BIPOC (What the hell is it with these bizarre tribal categories?) when the world is in climate emergency and the arctic is a slag heap of molten iron?!

Reply to  Xenomoly
June 10, 2019 12:29 pm

They think the “climate crisis” can’t be solved until all of their innumerable social crises are solved. They’re living in a cesspool of insanity.

June 10, 2019 8:14 am

Here in London about a week ago we had glorious sunshine and about 25 or 26 C, today it hasn’t stop raining with bearly 14C. Climate change is changing at a catastrophic rate, nearly 2C/day. Where the heck has all that CO2 cone?

Reply to  Vuk
June 10, 2019 1:06 pm

We had 9C this evening at Kenley, south of Croydon.
At that rate – we’ll be cracking-on Absolute Zero in five months or so – in good time for a very seasonal Christmas [‘Winterval’ in – IIRC – the People’s Democratic Republic of Islington].


Gary Pearse
June 10, 2019 8:42 am

The DNC is absolutely correct on this, if disingenuous. I hope Republicans have enough neurons buzzing to start taking advantage of this unbelievable outpouring of gifts from their opponents.

June 10, 2019 8:47 am

We can assume that even if they allowed, there wouldn’t really be a ‘DEBATE’ which would require arguments from all sides.

June 10, 2019 9:33 am

Leaving off a climate debate isn’t meant to protect Biden; it is meant to protect the DNC. If the Democrats run on a platform of climate change and “we hate Trump”, then they will lose. Despite the non-stop hyperbole from the media, people do not care about climate change beyond token lip service. The majority may believe, but they do not believe enough to do anything.

P.S. I already worry about how nasty this next election will be. When the political ads start, I plan on leaving my TV on mute until I see something I want to hear until the election is over.

John Endicott
Reply to  Wade
June 10, 2019 12:27 pm

Leaving off a climate debate isn’t meant to protect Biden; it is meant to protect the DNC

Bingo. You got it in one.

Joel Snider
June 10, 2019 9:55 am

I never thought I’d say this, but ‘Crazy Joe’ Biden isn’t enough of a lunatic to get the Democrat nomination.

J Mac
June 10, 2019 10:01 am

Joe Biden only parrots what others palaver. This AF Branco cartoon fits perfectly.
(The ‘BRAWK’ squawk may be short for Brawk Obama….)

Reply to  J Mac
June 10, 2019 12:38 pm

I believe that’s a Norwegian Blue Parrot, pining for the fjords, in that Branco cartoon.

June 10, 2019 10:49 am

Democrats do not want their actual positions on Climate Change and the changes to the American life style that would be necessitated by them to be known by the public. It would be suicidal for them. We are only supposed to know that “greener is better”.

Martin Cropp
June 10, 2019 11:00 am

Perhaps this is the most important item to be debated rather than just introduced. Oh that’s right, my fridge needs to talk to my oven, while both watch the TV that listens and watches everything.


June 10, 2019 12:08 pm

Head of the DNC says a climate debate is just not practical, i.e., not a vote getter.


Bruce Cobb
Reply to  icisil
June 10, 2019 1:36 pm

For “not a vote getter” read “political suicide”.

Reply to  icisil
June 10, 2019 2:02 pm

So it will be on the list of clear voter mandates declared right after the election.

Reply to  icisil
June 10, 2019 4:25 pm

How can that be icisil? Our trolls have been quite vocal in their assurances that their polls show the public is fully behind the idea that we can live without fossil fuels.

Gunga Din
Reply to  icisil
June 10, 2019 7:25 pm

But a debate might be fun to watch. Especially if AOC is the instigato….er….moderator.

William Astley
June 10, 2019 1:29 pm

There is no climate debate as cost vs benefits does not work.

In terms of poll numbers, Joe Bidden has a big problem that is not reflected in the current polls which is as big or bigger than Hillary’s private email server.

Joe’s son and John Kerry son did multi-billion-dollar deals financed by the Chinese government while Joe has Vice President and Kerry secretary of state. Joe and Kerry’s sons have zero financial experience.

This is a billion dollar sweet heart deal with China followed by policy action that favours China over the US. Compare what happened to Trump’s people talking to Russians looking for dirt, no money, no promises, and tough on Russia and China (US interests over foreign) once elected.


“In December of 2013, Hunter Biden flies on Air Force 2 to Beijing, China, with his father,” Schweizer said. “His father meets with Chinese officials, he’s very soft on Beijing. The most important thing that happens [is] ten days after they return. And that’s when Hunter Biden’s small, private equity firm called Rosemont Seneca Partners gets a $1 billion private equity deal with the Chinese government, not with the Chinese corporation, with the government. And what people need to realize is Hunter Biden has no background in China. He has no background in private equity. The deal he got in the Shanghai free-trade zone, nobody else had — Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Blackstone, nobody had this deal.”

“There’s no question when you chart what Joe Biden is doing with China — the meetings he’s having and the deals that his son is procuring at the same time — that they are buying off Biden through his son. I think it’s crystal clear,” Schweizer added…

J Mac
Reply to  William Astley
June 10, 2019 6:27 pm


June 10, 2019 1:39 pm

You just don’t hear groups pointing out Biden’s age the way they did about Reagan who was not as old.

June 10, 2019 4:07 pm

They basically all agree with the Green New Deal….What kind of a debate would that be – just basically a JOKE.

Michael S. Kelly LS, BSA Ret.
June 10, 2019 5:12 pm

Everyone is overthinking this, big time. The reason the DNC didn’t want a debate on climate change is that “the debate is [already] over.” That’s what the “settled science” crowd has been proclaiming since…well, since they decided the debate was over.

AGW is not Science
Reply to  Michael S. Kelly LS, BSA Ret.
June 11, 2019 8:14 am

Oh, but what they want to “debate” about isn’t the “need” for “climate change” “actions,” but on how over-the-top their supposed “solutions” are, you know, to impress their most indoctrinated Eco-Fascist “base.”

Steve Z
June 11, 2019 12:54 pm

For Democrats, it wouldn’t be much of a debate, with all the candidates trying to outdo each other on how much money to spend and how much to tax those EEEEEEVIL fossil fuels that power our cars and light our homes and offices. Nobody will bother asking a question like, “if the climate is warming, why did we get so much snow last winter and spring?”

Whoever wins the Democrat primary will have to “move to the center” for the general election against Trump, and probably wouldn’t want a quote meant as an answer to a far-left question on climate change haunting them later. Such a position could cost them votes in OH and PA, both of which are coal states and generate a lot of royalties from fracking for natural gas. Pennsylvania was one of the states that helped Trump win in 2016, and it could be the decisive state in 2020.

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