Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who risked not qualifying for the next Democratic debate, will be on stage Sunday night in Charleston, S.C., after all.
Earlier this month, NBC announced that the debate would be limited to candidates with an average of 5 percent in national polls or in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina. That put O’Malley, who is running a distant third in the race, right on the cusp.
Upon learning of the NBC criteria, O’Malley accused the network of treating the debate process “as if it’s another episode of ‘The Apprentice,’” the popular NBC show formerly hosted by Donald Trump — now the Republican presidential front-runner — in which contestants are eliminated each week.
NBC is partnering with YouTube on Sunday’s debate, which is hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus and sanctioned by the DNC and the South Carolina Democratic Party.