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Some Facts About Newly Elected DNC Chairman 'Tom Perez'

He Says That Democrats Have Ignored Rural Americans
Thomas Perez speaks during a news conference April 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)
One of the most important questions for Democrats going forward is, “Why did Hillary Clinton lose the election?” Perez says that the Democratic party as a whole has ignored rural Americans, and that’s something he’d like to change.

“I’ve spent the last few weeks in rural Wisconsin and Kansas,” he told Think Progress. “I think the DNC chairs needs to make house calls, and what we need to do as party is ask, ‘Why did we fare so poorly in big swaths of rural America? What is it about our message that’s not resonating?’ What I learned in these trips is that rural Democrats are discouraged about the fact that the national party does not provide enough help. We’ve ignored them.”

He went on to say that he wants to “change the culture of the Democratic party,” adding, “Our message still resonates when we can communicate it effectively: Democrats are the party that brought you good jobs across America, that brought you Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. The Republicans are the party that has tried to fray that safety net.”

He Says the Democratic Primary Was Not Rigged Against Bernie Sanders

Another major point of contention among Democrats is in regards to how Bernie Sanders was treated during the 2016 Democratic primary and whether the deck was unfairly stacked against him. Samuel Ronan, who was a long-shot candidate for DNC chair, flat out said that Debbie Wasserman Schultz “violated the Democratic process” during the 2016 primaries.

Tom Perez does not share this opinion, though it was reported by NBC News in early February that Perez had said in a meeting with Kansas lawmakers, “We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you’ve got to be honest about it.”

But he later walked that statement back on Twitter, saying, “I have been asked by friends about a quote and want to be clear about what I said and that I misspoke. Hillary became our nominee fair and square, and she won more votes in the primary—and general—than her opponents.”

Perez was asked about this at a recent DNC debate, and he said that the Democratic primary was not rigged against Bernie Sanders, but that there was an “absence of transparency” that allowed for people to think it was rigged.

“Here are the facts: Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary,” Perez said. “Hillary Clinton also won the popular vote. At the same time, because of the absence of transparency in the Democratic primary, there was a crisis of trust that ensued. And what we need in the chair of the Democratic party is to make sure that in fact, and in perception, every single day you are fair and neutral.”

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