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Howard Dean urges big changes for “old and creaky” Democratic leadership

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean recently shared his pick to replace Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the party leadership role.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate offered some pointed criticism for the Democratic Party as he backed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the DNC.

“The most important thing, he’s the outside the beltway candidate,” Dean said of the openly gay U.S. Navy veteran.

“This party is in trouble,” he went on to say. “Our strongest age group that votes for us is under 35 — and they don’t consider themselves Democrats. They elected Barack Obama twice; they didn’t elect Hillary Clinton, but they voted 58 percent for her.”

Dean noted younger voters tend to ignore midterm elections and down-ballot races. He also diagnosed a discrepancy between the party’s voter identity and its leadership.

“Our leadership is old and creaky — including me,” he said.

Dean concluded that while “our leadership is in their 60s and 70s, the power in this party, potential power in this party is under 35 years old.”

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