Huffington Post to host DNC chair debate

Huffington Post to host DNC chair debate
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The Huffington Post will host a debate on Jan. 18 between the candidates running to be chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The debate will be held live on Facebook from George Washington University, one month before the DNC election, according to an announcement on The Huffington Post.

The five candidates running for the position include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and President Obama’s Labor secretary, Tom Perez.

Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party, is also in the running, as are to the South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. 

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Ellison, Perez, Boynton Brown and Buckley will participate in the debate, while Harrison has yet to confirm his attendance.

The fight for the leadership position comes as the party seeks to find its footing after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? MORE’s loss to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE in the presidential election.

Ellison, who has already received endorsements from Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? MORE (D-Mass.), has emphasized the concerns of working-class voters and claims he can increase voter turnout, should he become the DNC’s chairman.

Perez, an Obama Cabinet member who endorsed Clinton in her bid for the party nomination before the presidential primaries began, is backed by the White House and seen as a more centrist candidate than Ellison.