... O'Malley is slamming the Democratic National Committee's decision to hold only four debates before the Iowa caucuses next February.
O'Malley says the move is "totally unprecedented" in the Democratic party and says "this sort of rigged process has never been attempted before."
As the party's chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, sat a few feet away from him, O'Malley asked: "Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from?"
His speech generated some applause in the ballroom but was a direct rebuke to DNC leaders, including Wasserman Schultz, who came up with the plan for six debates beginning in October and ending in February or March.
O'Malley says when Republicans can draw more than 20 million people to watch their first debate this month, it's important for the party to offer its own ideas.
He says Democrats are responding "with crickets, tumbleweeds and a cynical move to delay and limit our own party debates."