Wasserman Schultz: We Separate Superdelegates From The Voting Process So Party Doesn't Interfere With Voters

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DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears on FOX News to explain the significance of superdelegates in the Democratic presidential primary process and how it is distinct from delegates awarded through voting. Wasserman Schultz said the party uses superdelegates to make the primary process more diverse.

"[Superdelegates] are our party leaders and elected officials who actually can makeup their mind at any point and change their mind," Wasserman Schultz explained. "We separate those so that we don't have elected officials and party leaders running against the activists, but want to make sure are helping to diversify our convention. That is something we take great pride in. A Native-American cancer survivor. Those people should have an opportunity to be delegates, too. And they shouldn't have to deal with well-known officials and party leaders. And that's why we separate them."

"I am not sure if that all fits on a bumper sticker for an angry Sanders supporter," FOX News host Bret Baier quipped.

BRET BAIER: Let's talk about this race and where it stands in Iowa and New Hampshire. The vote in Iowa, the vote essentially tied. Clinton and Sanders basically tied in Iowa. In New Hampshire, Sanders overwhelmingly beating Clinton.

However, in the delegate count coming out of Iowa, Clinton is up 29-21, and in New Hampshire, she's basically tied, 15-15, coming out of that because of superdelegates. Now, for someone who is a Sanders supporter and they look at these numbers and delegates, what do you tell them? Aren't they angry about it?

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, if you remember in 2008 we had this same concern arise, and when we got to the convention, at the end of the day our entire convention unanimously supported then-Senator Obama and the actual nomination was supported by then-Senator Clinton.

It's important to clarify the difference between pledged and unpledged delegates, Bret. In a primary and caucus, the candidates come out with pledged delegates who are bound on the first ballot to support the candidate that earned that delegate.

Unpledged delegates are our party leaders and elected officials who actually can makeup their mind at any point and change their mind. We separate those so that we don't have elected officials and party leaders running against the activists, but want to make sure are helping to diversify our convention. That is something we take great pride in. A Native-American cancer survivor. Those people should have an opportunity to be delegates, too. And they shouldn't have to deal with well-known officials and party leaders. And that's why we separate them.

BAIER: I am not sure if that all fits on a bumper sticker for an angry Sanders supporter.

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