A campaign spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday blasted the national Democratic Party for holding the next presidential debate the weekend before the holidays.
“We’re playing the hand we were dealt,” Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said, according to The Week Magazine. “I guess Christmas Eve was booked.”
The last Democratic debate of 2015 will be hosted by ABC at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has repeatedly taken heat for the number of debates it sanctioned and for scheduling most of them during the weekends, when viewership is likely to be reduced. Some critics say the DNC has rigged the process to bolster the campaign of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, another Democratic candidate, has also been a vocal critic of the DNC’s debate schedule.