Dean: DNC race may 'turn into a war' between Sanders backers, Clinton fans
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Howard Dean says he's worried the race to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee could lead to intraparty conflict between those who backed 2016 nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE and supporters of her liberal primary challenger, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE.

Dean, a Clinton backer who served as DNC chairman from 2005 to 2009, announced last week that he would be running to reclaim the position. But he's not the only candidate.


“I do not want this to turn into a war between the Sanders people and the Hillary people, which it could,” Dean said in a Wednesday interview with BuzzFeed News.

Also running for the DNC chair is Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), one of the few lawmakers who backed Sanders over Clinton in the Democratic White House primary. Last week, the Vermont senator returned the favor, endorsing Ellison for the top party spot. 

Liberal leader Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Biden tops Sanders nationally Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' MORE (Mass.), the last female Democrat in the Senate to endorse Clinton, has also thrown her support behind Ellison.

Dean, a former presidential candidate and Vermont governor, said in the interview with Buzzfeed that he thinks he can win "because I'm a known quantity."
"We had a fantastic record when I was there before," he said. "The problem is if I win, the map is going to look like Hillary versus Bernie primary contest, and that's not good."
He said in an earlier interview with Bloomberg News the party needs to be "rebuilt from the ground up."

“The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” he tweeted last week.