A Controversy May Cause All 7 Democratic Candidates To Skip Next Debate

All seven of the Democratic presidential candidates who qualified for the primary debate next week may skip out on the event entirely.

A controversy surrounding a labor union dispute with the Sodexo food company has poured over into the union boycotting the debate. It is being reported the union may hold a picket line at the debate, something the presidential candidates said they would honor and not cross.

CBS News reporter Alexander Tin reports the two parties are still in negotiations:

CNN political reporter Dan Merica reports the DNC was not aware of the ongoing union negotiations until they were notified by the strike:

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Twitchy reports Senator Elizabeth Warren was the first of the qualified presidential candidates to speak out about the strike.

[email protected] is fighting for better wages and benefits—and I stand with them. The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our party’s commitment to fight for working people. I will not cross the union’s picket line even if it means missing the debate,” she tweeted.

Senator Bernie Sanders also quickly chimed in, tweeting: “I stand with the workers of @UniteHere11 on campus at Loyola Marymount University fighting Sodexo for a better contract. I will not be crossing their picket line.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden also said he backs the union.

“I won’t be crossing a picket line. We’ve got to stand together with @UniteHere11 for affordable health care and fair wages. A job is about more than just a paycheck. It’s about dignity,” he tweeted.

Businessman Andrew Yang, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg similarly said they would be backing the union amid the strike.

Former Obama administration secretary Julian Castro and Senator Cory Booker, who did not qualify for the next debate, also vocalized support for the boycott: