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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 MurphyDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Biden decides on pick for secretary of State Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (Conn.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (N.J.), Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellJuan Williams: Defeated Trump is in legal peril Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad Graham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' MORE (Calif.) and Seth MoultonSeth MoultonUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper | Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon | Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up | Pelosi says Esper firing shows Trump intent on sowing 'chaos' Democratic lawmakers lambast Trump over Esper firing as GOP remains mum MORE (Mass.), and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as possible candidates.

“I don’t think we should try to be like Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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.”