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WashPost: Sanders to Play Role in Platform Committee

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By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 02:27 PM

Even if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders loses his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, he'll still play a key role in drafting the party's platform this year.

The Washington Post reports that Sanders and front-runner Hillary Clinton have agreed with party officials for a new apportionment of the 15-member committee in charge of writing the party platform.

Democratic officials who are familiar with the compromise between the two candidates told The Post that Sanders will name five members to the committee and Clinton will name six, which is based on the number of popular votes they have received.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has come under fire by Sanders' campaign in recent weeks, will be picking the remaining four committee members.

On Sunday, Sanders said that he is supporting Tim Canova, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, who is is challenging Wasserman Schultz in the Democratic primary for her Florida District 23 congressional seat. Sanders said he will remove her from the DNC post if he is elected president.

Usually, the DNC rules allow the chairman to pick all 15 people to oversee the platform being presented at the party's convention, but the rules were changes to help include Sanders in the process, following the strong challenge he has been posting to Clinton, The Post reports.

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Even if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders loses his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, he'll still play a key role in drafting the party's platform this year.
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