Dean warns against left-wing pu­rity tests

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Former Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair Howard Dean said Mon­day that his party needs to get be­hind who­ever the nom­i­nee is in 2020 and stop tear­ing down po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

“We don’t have a per­fect can­di­date. No mat­ter who we have left, right or cen­ter in the Demo­cratic Party, peo­ple are go­ing to com­plain about them. Stop it,” Mr. Dean said on MSNBC.

Mr. Dean made head­lines over the week­end when he ac­cused some in his party of be­ing “whiny” in crit­i­ciz­ing Sens. Ka­mala Har­ris, Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat, and Cory Booker, New Jersey Demo­crat, as 2020 pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls. Some pro­gres­sives say Ms. Har­ris and Mr. Booker aren’t pro­gres­sive enough can­di­dates.

But Mr. Dean re­it­er­ated this on Mon­day say­ing that those pro­gres­sives need to re­al­ize no can­di­date is per­fect, and unity is nec­es­sary to win.

“We can’t beat the Repub­li­cans, who are in­cred­i­bly well or­ga­nized, un­less we all hang to­gether,” he said.

“Who­ever we nom­i­nate, we have to get be­hind. We have to stop com­plain­ing that they took a con­tri­bu­tion from Wall Street, or they want some­thing that’s too far left. That is too im­prac­ti­cal. Stop it. There’s a nom­i­na­tion process. Stop com­plain­ing and get ready to pull for who­ever the nom­i­nee is.”


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