Sanders Says He Supports DNC Chair’s Primary Opponent

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May 22, 2016 1:12 p.m.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Saturday that he supported Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent in Florida and that he wouldn’t reappoint her at the DNC if he was elected president.

“Well, clearly, I favor her opponent,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Shultz’s.”

Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is running against Tim Canova for her seat. Sanders sent a fundraising email on behalf of Canova, CNN reported.

Wasserman Schulz said in a statement that she would remain neutral in the 2016 election despite Sanders’ endorsement of her challenger.

“Even though Senator Sanders has endorsed my opponent, I remain, as I have been from the beginning, neutral in the presidential Democratic primary. I look forward to working together with him for Democratic victories in the fall,” she said in the statement.

Sanders has long criticized the DNC’s relationship with Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the race for the White House. Sanders also said in the interview which aired in full on Sunday that he would not reappoint Wasserman Schultz if elected president.

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