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DNC Chair Says 2008 Primary ‘Far More Divisive’ Than Clinton-Sanders Race


Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she isn't worried about the sniping between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the party's presidential primary.

“At the point that we're at in the process, it's understandable,” Wasserman Schultz said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics' Masters in Politics podcast.

While Sanders and Clinton have clashed over campaign finance, breaking up the big banks, and whether gun manufacturers should be held liable for mass shootings, Wasserman Schultz said the tenor of the campaign has been less heated than the last time two candidates fought for the Democratic nomination. 

“Of course, you know, both of our candidates feel passionately about the issues that are important to them, and they've taken slightly different approaches to achieving the same goals,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But ultimately, if you look back to our primary in 2008 between then-Senators Obama and Clinton, it was far more divisive than this primary has been.”

Wasserman Schultz brushed aside Sanders' suggestion that Clinton and the DNC may have broken campaign finance laws by raising money jointly. “It's just simply, completely and patently false,” Wasserman Schultz said, adding, “We followed the rules and followed the law and have done so to the letter.”

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