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DNC Chair Tom Perez On The State And Future Of The Democratic Party

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez speaks during a press conference at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2019, to announce the selection of Milwaukee as the 2020 Democratic National Convention host city. - Democrats have chosen Milwaukee as the site of their 2020 election convention, in an effort to win back swing voters in the American "Rust Belt" who helped elect Donald Trump. In announcing the decision, the Democratic Party emphasized it is the first time a Midwestern city other than Chicago has been chosen to host a party convention in more than 100 years. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez speaks during a press conference at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2019

With 2020 inching closer, Dems need all the help they can get to unify and convince their base they’re ready to defeat President Donald Trump next year.

With 2020 inching closer, Dems need all the help they can get to unify and convince their base they’re ready to defeat President Donald Trump next year.

Enter the Democratic National Committee Chair: Tom Perez.

The DNC Chair is the party’s key fundraiser, spokesperson and unifier — when successful. And an already crowded stage of 24 remaining presidential candidates, each trying to brand themselves as the new face of the party, doesn’t make the job a walk in the park.

But Perez is no stranger to Washington’s strains. He’s held posts as U.S. Secretary of Labor, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and was even speculated to be a running mate pick for Hillary Clinton back in 2016. Perez then made his way to the DNC seat in February of 2017 following acting chair, Donna Brazile, and the ouster of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Perez joins AirTalk to talk about where he feels the Dems are headed, what to look for in California’s Primary and House races next year and more.

Call us with your questions at 866-893-5722 or comment below.

With guest host Libby Denkmann.

Guest:

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Obama (2013-2017); he was also the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2009-2013 and tweets

 

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