Perez: DNC Gave Clinton 'Insufficient and Just Sub-Standard Tools for Success'

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November 6, 2017

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Monday that, counter to his predecessor Donna Brazile's characterization, the DNC did not give Hillary Clinton the tools she needed to succeed in the 2016 presidential election.

"We have to make sure that whoever wins the nomination, has all the tools to succeed," Perez said on "The Black Eagle" on SiriusXM radio, CNN reported.

Perez said that includes an organizing infrastructure and a "voter protection infrastructure."

"And those are the infrastructure items that we are building now. That doesn't sound sexy," Perez said.

Then Perez made his point about Clinton.

"But here's the reality: when Hillary Clinton won the nomination, the DNC handed her insufficient and substandard tools for success," Perez said.

His comments came four days after Politico Magazine published an excerpt from Brazile's new book in which she writes that the DNC conspired with Clinton to effectively hand her control of the national party during the 2016 primaries.

Perez also said in his radio interview that Republicans outperformed Democrats in 2016 when it came to investments in technology and organizing.

"By contrast, the Republican National Committee had invested significant amounts of money in technology and they beat us at our own game," he said. "They expended significant amounts of money in organizing and they beat us at our own game. So that's what we have to do."