How was it false equivalency? Those are all important topical issues too.
As for a climate change debate, I have no problems with it. I support topical debates. But I’m not going to pretend this latest intrigue wasn’t the Inslee campaign doing what it’s doing, campaigning. He wrote a letter last week which I suspect he knew would be rejected, then made a big press-splash announcement after he was rejected Wednesday. Perez didn’t immediately accede to his campaign debate request—he’s selling us all out and doesn’t care about climate change.
Now, if you want to say it’s wrong for the DNC to limit debate forums, that I can understand, though I strongly suspect the schedule had buy-in from the major campaigns. But candidates can and do participate in non-sanctioned town halls etc. Perhaps Inslee could work with the other campaigns to do a CNN town hall on climate change? Maybe he’ll work with the other campaigns to get Perez to change his mind?