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Ex-Clinton adviser defends Democrats' showcasing of Republicans

A former adviser to Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns MORE is defending the Democratic National Convention’s schedule, which has come under criticism.

During a Wednesday appearance on Hill.TV's "Rising," Richard Goodstein stood by a decision by convention organizers to feature Republican leaders like former Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellReinvesting in American leadership George W. Bush congratulates Biden, Harris Don't wait to start the transition MORE. Critics have argued that progressives were not given enough time for their remarks. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezModerate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings Ocasio-Cortez raises 0K to fight food and housing insecurity during video game battle Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout MORE (D-N.Y.), for example, was given one minute to speak on Tuesday night. 

Goodstein argued that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) was given a “prominent role” in the convention, noting that issues will drive younger progressive voters to turn out.  

“I think the issues are presumably what’s going to speak to young people,” he said. “If they care about climate change, if they care about health care, if they care about racial inequality, if they care about economic justice, this is not a close call.”

“If they’re indifferent and are perfectly happy with another four years of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE, yes they will stay home,” he added.