Ellison says he'd increase voter turnout as DNC chair

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says he is the best candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC) because he could increase voter turnout in areas that help Democrats win elections. 

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"We need to turn out the vote, and I'm actually pretty good at it," Ellison said on CNN Monday. 

"I believe by getting out the vote in Milwaukee, Detroit, Flint and the suburbs of Philly, we could have changed this whole election." 

Ellison, a six-term congressman, is running to be chairman of the DNC. His candidacy is backed by prominent figures and party leaders, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats' plans to probe admin will cost them 'big time' in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.). 

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison are also running for the post.

Ellison told CNN that he is the best candidate to take the party in a new direction. 

"The real problem for Democrats is we've got to help people believe, and then we've got to deliver the message to them," he said. 

"Believe what? That we are absolutely, unshakably on their side, and we're going to fight for them every single minute." 

He added that middle-class workers are "really super nervous" about their futures" and "they need somebody who cares." 

"We also in the Democratic Party have to strengthen the glass roots. Power should be concentrated in the field, not in D.C.