All seven Democratic presidential candidates who qualified for the debate next week vowed to boycott the event on Friday if they were pressured by an ongoing labor dispute to cross picket lines on the host campus.
The National Democratic Committee said it was trying to come up with a “appropriate response” to the situation so that the discussion could continue.
A labor union called UNITE HERE Local 11 says it will picket when Loyola Marymount University hosts the cycle’s sixth Democratic debate on Thursday, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders responded by tweeting that if that meant crossing it, they wouldn’t participate. It was preceded by former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Indiana, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, environmental activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
“The DNC will find a solution that fulfills the promise of our party to fight for jobs. I’m not going to cross the picket line of the union even if it means the dialogue is lacking, “Warren tweeted.
Sanders tweeted, “I’m not going to cross their picket line,” and Biden tweeted, “We have to stand for affordable health care and fair wages together with @UNITEHERE11. A work is more than a paycheck. It’s about honesty. “To share similar sentiments, the other candidates used Facebook.