CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Democratic National Committee chair [crscore]Debbie Wasserman Schultz[/crscore] over the “rigged” process in New Hampshire that left Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton with the same number of delegates despite Sanders’ 22 point shellacking of Clinton.
Appearing on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper on Thursday, after Wasserman Schultz attempted an explanation, Tapper said, “I’m not sure that, that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter.” (RELATED: After Crushing Defeat, DNC Quirk Still Gives Hillary More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders)
“Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 percentage points, the biggest victory in a contested Democratic Primary there since John F. Kennedy,” Tapper explained. “But it looks as though Clinton and Sanders are leaving the Granite State with the same number of delegates in their pockets because Clinton has the support of New Hampshire’s superdelegates, these party insiders.”
Tapper then asked Wasserman Schultz, “What do you tell voters who are new to the process, who says this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?”
“Well, let me just make sure that I can clarify exactly what was available during the primaries in Iowa and in New Hampshire. The unpledged delegates are a separate category. The only thing available on the ballot in a primary and a caucus is the pledged delegates. Those that are tied to the candidates that they are pledged to support and they receive a proportional number of delegates going into, going into our convention,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are as a Democratic Party really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention, and so we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse, committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend, and be a delegate at the convention. And so we separate out those, those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.”
Tapper replied, “I’m not sure that, that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter, but let’s move on.”