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"Ellison's connection to Sanders is worrisome for many of those in Obama's orbit, as well as Clinton's, and Sanders hasn't helped ease their concern during the D.N.C. race".

Ellison is one of two leading candidates to be the party's next chairman.

Buttigieg said Democrats don't want to make the mistake of reliving the 2016 race. "This idea that this is going to be a factional struggle between the Bernie wing and the establishment wing is missing the point", he said.

"Tom and I have dedicated our careers to helping people through public service", Harrison said in the email. "They didn't elect Hillary Clinton but voted 58 percent for her and don't come out for the midterms or down ballot candidates". And we are fighting back every day. We must all fight side by side. Our strongest age group that votes for us is under 35.

Other contenders, meanwhile, said the DNC shouldn't stand in the way of primary challenges. The members of the DNC will pick their chairman on Saturday and then they will rest.

Buttigieg in particular was clearly on a mission to make an impression with DNC members ― and for that matter, Democrats watching at home.

"Tom Perez has brought integrity, passion, and tenacity to every job he's ever had", Harrison said.

Another focus is the chair of the national party committee. Ellison is picking up the mantle of the insurgency that fueled Sanders' presidential run.

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Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received endorsements from five former DNC Chairs, including Howard Dean this week.

"I know you don't believe that", Stephanopoulos responds. Ronan made a bit of a ripple at the debate when he called the Democratic primary rigged against Sanders, CNN reported.

Members of the DNC select a new chair this weekend.

The Minnesota congressman has many fans at Free Republic, a web forum where Tea Party Republicans mix it up with Trumpian nationalists. "Right now, we have one person representing that office", she said. He is seen as the more moderate candidate and earlier this month won the endorsements of former Vice President Joe Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder. He saw no need for Perez to enter the race.

They acknowledged that it needs to take a solid economic message to working-class and middle-class Americans, many of whom said during last year's campaign that they felt abandoned by Democrats.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about that exchange.

Ellison, who along with former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is considered one of two front-runners in the race - is the only candidate running for DNC chair who has spelled out a specific plan for advancing LGBT issues at the DNC. In a December post, Anglin wrote he was "officially endorsing" the Minnesota congressman as "the only man capable of dealing with the chronic kike infestation which plagues the Democrat party", presumably a reference to Ellison's past advocacy on behalf of the Nation of Islam and its anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan.

Alex Lawson, the executive director of Social Security Works, an organisation that fights to expand Social Security benefits, said DNC voters must "see the energy and excitement around coming from the grassroots".