Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE on Saturday vowed to make the party’s 2020 presidential nominating contest more transparent, after a book authored by the committee’s former interim chairwoman revealed a series of missteps and ethical oversights that roiled the party in 2016.
Perez, who was elected to head the DNC earlier this year, outlined a broad strategy for increasing transparency and unity within the party in a blog post published on the website Medium.
“I am more committed than ever before to restoring voters’ faith in our democratic process because even the perception of impartiality or an unfair advantage undermines our ability to win,” he wrote. “That is unacceptable.”
Perez said that the party would set the dates for the 2020 Democratic primary debates before all candidates enter the race, in order “to ensure that no candidate participating in our presidential nominating process gains any unfair advantage — real or perceived — during our primary season.”
He also vowed to continue work on the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission, which was established earlier this year to help the party recover from a divisive 2016 primary season that pitted Clinton against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.).
The vow for transparency comes as excerpts from former DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile’s upcoming memoir surface in the media. The book, titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the White House,” recalls the blunders and shortcomings of the Democratic Party during the 2016 election.
In the book, Brazile reflects on how Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s campaign had essentially assumed control of the DNC’s finances in the year before the Democratic primaries even began, and how the contest appeared set up to favor Clinton as the eventual nominee.
She also reveals that she once considered replacing Clinton and her running mate Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Senate panel passes amendment to bar using troops against protesters Defense bill turns into proxy battle over Floyd protests MORE (D-Va.) with then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) on the party’s ticket, because she believed Clinton had failed to energize working-class voters.
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