Sanders: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz "Would Not Be Reappointed" If I Were President


Sen. Bernie Sanders diplomatically discusses his support for Tim Canova, a Florida law professor challenging DNC Chairperson Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional primary. This week Sanders endorsed Canova, whose biggest issue is opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, and said that if he were president, he would not want Wasserman Schultz to remain in her position as leader of the Democratic party. Transcript, via CNN:

TAPPER: Last question, sir.

Your campaign and many of your supporters have argued that Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, has not been neutral in her position as chair. Your campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, in particular has been very critical. She is being challenged right now in a primary by Tim Canova.

He's a law professor who opposes the Pacific trade deal that you oppose. He supports you. He's already raised $1 million. You have been calling for a revolution. In Florida, are you with Wasserman Schultz or are you with her opponent?

SANDERS: Well, clearly, I favor her opponent. His views are much closer to mine than is Wasserman Schultz's.

And let me also say this, in all due respect to the current chairperson. If elected president, she would not be reappointed to be chair of the DNC.

TAPPER: Senator Bernie Sanders, it's always a pleasure to talk to you. Good luck out there on the campaign trail.

SANDERS: Thank you.

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