DNC chief vows to make Dem primaries fair in 2020

DNC chief vows to make Dem primaries fair in 2020
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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, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is pledging to make the party's primary process fairer and more transparent in the wake of the deeply divisive 2016 nominating contest between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.).

In an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis, Perez acknowledged that last year's Democratic primaries left many voters skeptical of the party's intentions, and vowed to make up for that in future contests.

"It's clear to me that the DNC has to do a better job of ensuring that the Democratic primary process is fair to everybody," said Perez, who took over the DNC earlier this year as the party sought to regroup from Clinton's 2016 election loss.

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"And by everybody I mean not just the candidates, but the voters feel like the party is transparent and the party is giving an opportunity to everyone and the party is making sure that everybody who is able to vote can get out there."

"I know that we have to do a better job as the Democratic Party in making sure that the process is fair," he added.

One of the steps he said the DNC would take to assure voters that the primary process is fair is to set the party's debate schedule before all the candidates have announced their bids, as previously reported by The Hill

"Last time around there was a very strong sense that the primary debate schedule was set up in a way as to help one candidate over another," he said. "And we're not going to have that happen."

Perez also said that the party's success in future races will depend on its ability to build its own infrastructure. That includes its use of technology and organizing efforts. Last year, he said, the DNC had allowed its "basic infrastructure to degrade."

Perez's comments come days after Democratic candidates swept state and local elections across Virginia, New Jersey and New York, among other states. The wins, widely seen as a reaction to President Trump's deep unpopularity, have been touted by the Democratic Party as a bellwether of success in the 2018 midterm elections.