Debbie Wasserman Schultz Won’t Say if She Approves of Superdelegates’ Role in Democratic Nominating Process

'It's not a matter of like or dislike'

• April 5, 2016 2:29 pm


Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) wouldn't say Tuesday whether she approved of the role of superdelegates in her party's nomination process, saying it wasn't "a matter of like or dislike."

The role of superdelegates, who are unelected and can support whomever they choose at the convention, has angered supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) due to the superdelegates' overwhelming preference for Hillary Clinton.

Schultz, for her part, has faced frequent accusations of rigging the party process for Clinton, including limiting debates and denying crucial voter data to Sanders' campaign.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed Schultz about the contentious battle between Clinton and Sanders for the nomination. Clinton leads in pledged delegates as well, but Sanders' sturdy challenge to her candidacy has led to wider discussions about how democratic the Democratic Party is with its nominating process.

"Just to make sure that everyone understands, on the so-called superdelegates … we actually in 2008, and before that, had over 1,000 unpledged delegates. And after the 2008 election, you'll remember that Jim Clyburn, my colleague in Congress, led the Change Commission, which ultimately, under my tenure, pared down the number of unpledged delegates to only 15 percent of the total," Schultz said. "So now it's even less likely than it was before they could actually make a difference in the outcome."

"You like having those superdelegates as part of the Democratic presidential nominating process?" Blitzer asked.

"It's not a matter of like or dislike," she said. "They are part of a process, but our nominee has always been selected by the pledged delegates who are selected by voters in primaries and caucuses, and that's my expectation going into this convention."

ABC reported that Clinton is bracing for a loss to Sanders in Wisconsin's primary, which would mark yet another victory in a blue state for the Vermont senator.