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Ed Rendell: I wouldn’t let Wasserman Schultz address convention

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) says he would not let Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak at the Democratic National Convention.

“Well, let me preface it by saying I really like Debbie, but I wouldn’t,” he said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I wouldn’t, number one, for her own good, because it’s going to get messy when she gets up there.”

{mosads}“Debbie is very single-minded, very dedicated,” Rendell said of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, who has said she will resign after the four-day convention. 

“She worked very hard, but she’s stubborn and she wants to see this thing through. I just think it’s wrong for her and it’s wrong for us.”

Wasserman Schultz’s resignation follows WikiLeaks publishing 20,000 internal DNC emails that were sent between January and late May.

The trove, released Friday, appears to show top DNC officials planning ways to undermine Bernie Sanders in his race with Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.

Sanders’s camp has repeatedly accused Wasserman Schultz and the DNC of tipping the scales for Clinton during their primary battle.

Rendell on Monday said the leak makes the process of unifying Democratic voters more difficult.

“Look, we had a problem with getting all of the Sanders people to vote for Hillary before this happened,” said Rendell, chairman of the convention’s Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee.

“I think the latest poll showed 78 percent of the Sanders voters were willing to vote for Hillary. I bet that number is lower today. We’ve got a lot of work to do and anything that exacerbates that situation, it’s important to get rid of it.”

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