When NBC announced last week its criteria for candidate eligiblity for this Sunday’s Democratic debate, it put Martin O’Malley‘s admission to the debate in doubt. The candidate was very vocal in his pushback about the requirements, which required candidates to average at least five percent in an average of the five most recent national, Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina polls.
“They’re treating your presidential selection process as if it’s another episode of ‘The Apprentice,'” he said while stumping in Davenport, Iowa.
By the skin of his teeth, he made it. O’Malley, along with fellow candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are all returning to the debate stage on another inconvenient weekend date. At least, with the Sunday start time of 9 p.m., it won’t be competing directly against an NFL playoff game.
Lester Holt‘s role as main moderator will be augmented with questions by NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, as well as YouTube users.