Howard Dean: Democratic Party getting younger as GOP gets ‘older and whiter’

Howard Dean: Democratic Party getting younger as GOP gets ‘older and whiter’
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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean praised the youth movement in the Democratic party and called out Republicans for "getting older and whiter," in an interview published Wednesday by Yahoo News.

“Young people are taking over the Democratic Party, and that’s a very good thing,” the former Vermont governor and one-time presidential hopeful said.

“There’s a huge grassroots movement in this country run by people who are mostly under 35,” Dean said. “And they basically did all of the organization.”

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Dean contrasted the Democratic Party's midterms gains to the Republican's new lawmakers.

"Republicans, I think, are going to have a terrible time because they’re getting older and whiter,” he said. “And that’s not the direction the country’s going in.”

Dean also said that the Democrats still have a long way to go to make up for "neglect and bad leadership" after dropping the ball on tech following former President Obama's 2008 victory.

“The DNC fell apart — eight years of neglect and bad leadership,” Dean said. “And the Republicans got smart. Republicans may not be interested in democracy, but they’re not stupid. What they did was jump over us.”

“We’re way behind. Our tech is behind,” he continued.

“There was a lot of infighting. The states had to fend for themselves. They developed their own way of doing things. And that just doesn’t really work. You really do need a centralized database. So while we’ve done everything right because young people have come in and taken over the functions from outside, we don’t have the tech thing down yet.”

Dean also stressed that he hoped for a presidential candidate under the age of 55 in 2020, citing Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyHouse passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE (Conn.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union Omar: Next president should declare national emergency on climate change ‘on day 1’ MORE (N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union Former Virginia Gov McAuliffe writes book about confronting white nationalism MORE (N.J.), Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Top Judiciary Republican to Swalwell: 'Stop running for president' MORE (Calif.) and Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - All eyes on Trump after lawmakers reach spending deal Overnight Defense: Acting Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan | US, Taliban peace talks intensify | Trump tweets in Persian to send message to Iran | Defense world pays tribute to Walter Jones MORE (Mass.), and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as possible candidates.

“I don’t think we should try to be like Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE in order to beat Donald Trump,” he added. “I think we need to continue to use our brains and sense fairness.”

“The Republican Party has become Trump’s party. And I don’t respect Trump,” Dean told Yahoo. “I don’t think he has any kind of moral constituency. And I think that’s important for raising children.”