Why Some Democrats Aren't Giving Up on More Debates

A group of Democrats are planning a protest at Democratic Party headquarters.

“There is a reason debates have been a central feature of democracy since ancient Greece,” Ben Doernberg, founder of a group called “Allow Debate,” which is organizing the protest, said in an interview with ABC News. “Democrats are excited about their candidates this year. It is a huge mistake to give the stage over to Republicans.”

The DNC has sanctioned six debates this election cycle. While it is the same number the committee sanctioned in the past, unlike previously years, the DNC this time is promising to disinvite candidates who participate in non-sanctioned debates. This so called “exclusivity clause” has frustrated those who believe more debates are needed.

Months later, he has become as frustrated with the power structure in the party as the debates themselves. “It was really a shock to realize that on this issue the DNC is a dictatorship,” Doernberg said.

Despite calls from two vice chairs of the party and several local leaders, party Chairwoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz so far has stood firm in her decision, saying the rules are necessary to keep the schedule under control and protect the candidates.

Allow Debate promises to keep fighting through the primary season. “She thinks this issue is going to go away,” Doernberg said, referring to Wassermann Schultz. “She thinks if she can make it to the first debate in October, people will give up and acquiesce. That’s not going to happen.”

The DNC is encouraging candidates to participate in issue-based forums and argues that debates may not be the most effective way to reach voters.

ABC News' Brad Mielke contributed to this report.