The DNC chairman has had his hand full for the past several months in managing the crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates as the party tries to narrow down to their pick that will take on Trump in his reelection bid.
Throughout the process, though, several candidates have felt cheated by the DNC as they are barred from competing in presidential debates for not meeting the party’s qualification standards. As IJR previously explained, only 10 candidates of the 20 Democrats still in the race will compete in Thursday’s presidential debate on ABC News.
While candidates like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have a diverse appeal that could help in a third-party bid, Perez is confident the party will stick together in their efforts against President Trump.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Perez told host George Stephanopolous that he sees Trump as a hurricane that all Democrats are banding together to address.
Watch Perez’s comments:
“At the end of the day, we’re together, united around beating Donald Trump and implementing our vision of inclusion and opportunity. I’m confident that congresswoman Gabbard isn’t going to run as a third-party candidate because she has said so. She’s a talented part of the Democratic Party family. And everyone in this family is going to come together in Milwaukee and through the election because we understand it’s our democracy, as we know it, that’s on the ballot. This president, I mean, this is Hurricane Donald. And it’s a Category 5 storm. In the eye of the storm is our democracy. We need to take our democracy back. All of our candidates understand the gravity of the moment. They understand whoever wins, they’re going to be supporting the Democrat.”
Perez’s comments come as the United States and the Bahama’s are working to clean up and recover following Hurricane Dorian. The storm was a Category 5 when it hit the Bahamas, killing 43 as of Friday. Dorian weakened by the time it arrived in the U.S., but the storm still brought damage to states like North Carolina.